HARARE – The November 2014 “O” Level results are out, the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) said yesterday.

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“Zimsec board and management would like to notify the nation of the release of the Zimsec Ordinary Level results,” Esau Nhandara, Zimsec director said in a statement to the Daily News yesterday.

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“Candidates who sat for this examination will be able to collect their results from their respective schools or centres from Monday, February 9, 2015.

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“Examination centre heads are urged to collect the results from Zimsec regional offices on Monday, February 9, 2015. We look forward to the usual smooth and expeditious collection of results.”

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Zimsec said it was pleased to note the seemingly low impact the leakages of the Mathematics and English papers has had on the candidates’ overall pass rate.

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“It is notable that the performance of candidates in the papers that were re-sat was comparable to the November 2013 results,” Nhandara said.

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The total number of candidates examined in the November 2014 “O” Level examination session was 316 003.

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Of these, 86 308 were female school candidates and 77 545 were female private candidates.

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The total number of male school candidates was 99 999 and 52 151 were male private candidates. The total number of candidates examined in November 2013 “O” Level was 285 260.

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There was an increase in candidature of 30 743, a 10,77 percent increase.

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Zimsec said the November 2014 pass rate for school candidates was 22,38 percent and for private candidates was 8,47 percent.

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The performance of both school and private candidates was consistent with pass rates for 2013, Zimsec said.

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“The pass rates for both school and private candidates for November 2014 indicate that there was no significant effect of the reported examination leakages on candidates’ performance,” Zimsec said in the press statement.

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“It would appear that in the English Language and Mathematics that had reports of suspected leakages in the first papers written, the performance of candidates in the papers that were re-sat was comparable to the November 2013 results.”