CHIVHU – Sixty-eight out of 115 schools in Chikomba managed to get a 50% pass rate in the 2016 Zimsec Grade 7 October exams and of those there are only 30 schools that had a standard class of 28 pupils.
The rest of the schools that managed a 50% pass rate had classes that had as little as three candidates, according to an analysis released by the district education inspector Emmanuel Kwenda.
Kwenda bemoaned the district's overal pass rate which stands at 36% and is far below the national average which is at 42% for 2016. He called upon the district to intensify supervision, monitoring and evaluation of the teaching process.
The Mirror compiled the list of the best 30 schools in the district using the standard class of 28 pupils and in first position is Runyararo Primary School (Chivhu town) which had a 97% pass rate and had a total of 89 candidates. Chamukwenjere (Chivhu rural) is at number 2 with a pass rate of 91% and had 32 candidates; Marondamashanu (Chivhu rural) is at number 3 and had a pass rate of 88% and 34 candidates.
Although Chivhu Primary was at number 4 with 83% and 187 candidates, it produced the highest number of pupils with 4 units as 12 candidates got distinctions throughout. These were six boys and six girls.
At number 5 is Manyene that notched 81% and had a total of 39 candidates; Kwenda is at number 6 with a pass rate of 78,5% and it had a total of 65 candidates; Sadza is at number 7 with a pass rate of 78% and a total of 81 candidates; at number 8 is Hokonya with a pass rate of 76% with a total of 45 candidates; at number 9 is Warikandwa with a pass rate of 74% and 36 candidates.
Anchoring the top 10 is Riversdale with a pass rate of 72% and 29 candidates.
Please see table for the full list of the top 30 schools.