Education ministry strategises for improved Grade 7 results

The Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture is mapping a new plan for 2012 to improve Grade Seven results for this year, focusing particularly on the 20 worst performers of 2011.

Harare Provincial Education Director Calvin Mazula said they have lined up programmes this year to boost last years bottom 20 schools.

We have already started working on the strategies for 2012, and as I speak we will be having a meeting on February 22 with all headmasters from the bottom 20 schools of 2011, said Mazula, adding a comprehensive presentation on how to run schools successfully would be made.

He said although some schools had improved significantly last year, there was need to assist those with poor results.

We had a good pass rate in Harare in 2011 because of the general fight by teachers who wanted to improve the results. This was also aided by the higher contribution by the parents towards their children, Mazula said.

Some of the schools which recorded the worst results were Maulana (satellite) with a 4% pass rate, Hellenic 9,09%, Eye Court (satellite) 12,8%, Danckwerts 12,94% and Chinamano with 16,6%.

Others in the bottom 20 are: Sharon, Chisipiti Junior, St Johns Retreat, St Johns Preparatory, Yamurai, Epworth, Dzivarasekwa, Tafara 1, Crest Breeders, Mukurumbira, Blackfordby and St Giles (Special school).

Schools that excelled were Dominican Convent Primary School, which came first after achieving a 98,9% pass rate, Tynwald Primary School was second with 97,7%, followed by Maranatha with 96,6%, Cornelius Hope Academy 96,42 and SOS Herman Gmeiner with 96%.The results were better than 2010 by about 2%, from 57, 09% to 59, 48% this year.

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