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Top Zimsec O-Level Schools

December 19, 2014 Leave a comment

1008px-Flag_of_Zimbabwe.svgMonte Cassino Secondary School in Mashonaland East Province produced the best Zimbabwe Schools Examination (Zimsec) November 2013 Ordinary Level results, recording a 100 percent pass rate. In 2012, the school featured in the Top 10 for both A’ and O’ levels, coming out placed at position 9 and 7 respectively.

Gweru-based Anderson Secondary School, where 69 candidates sat for the examination, came second, recording a 97, 1 percent pass rate.

Completing the Top 10 are Zimbabwe Republic Police High School (96,58 percent), John Tallach Secondary School (96,15) Nyanga High School, the best performer in 2012 ( 96 percent, St Ignatius College (95,95),  Nyazura Adventist (94,63),  Regina Mundi Secondary School (93,75) St Dominics (Chishawasha) Secondary (93,26) and Kriste Mambo Secondary School (92,31).

The total number of candidates who sat for five subjects and above was 173 856. Candidates who passed five subjects and above with a Grade C or better were 36 031.

The overall pass rate for November 2013 was 20,72 percent, a 2,32 percent increase from November 2012 pass rate of 18,4 percent.

From the looks of it, Manicaland schools performed better nationwide. I was disappointed by my Hight School St Johns high school which was at the bottom of list at number 98 with 55% pass rate. When I was in school the pass rate was always 100% or at least higher than 95%. ZRP school, well done!! If children are doing Zimsec, It is best to reconsider which schools to take children, because the ratings are much different than they were ten years ago.

The rural schools are doing much better than they were in the past. Children now know the importance of education and are putting in more work, while those from more affluent backgrounds, do not realise the harsh reality of the world and do not take their studies seriously. Well done St Peters, Mbare, Chikwingwizha, St Annes Goto, Chibi, thank you for proving that it is not about location!

2013 Pass Rate School Rank Order for Ordinary Level

Registered 5+ and passed 5 and above.

Top 100

Position         Centre Name                       Candidature      %Pass rate

1.         Monte Cassino Secondary School      82                     100

2.         Anderson Secondary School              69                      97, 1

3.         Zimbabwe Republic Police                 117                    96, 58

4.         John Tallach Secondary School          130                   96, 15

5.         Nyanga High School                           100                  96

6.         St Ignatius College                             74                    95, 95

7.         Nyazura Adventist School                  149                   94, 63

8.         Regina Mundi Secondary School       144                    93, 75

9.         St Dominics (Chishawasha)                89                    93, 26

10.       Kriste Mambo Secondary School       104                    92, 3

11.       Moleli High School                             117                   92, 3

12.       Langham Secondary School               88                     92, 05

13.        St Faith’s Secondary School              124                  91, 94

14.        St Augustine’s Penhalonga                136                   91,91

15.        Sandringham Secondary                    194                   89, 18

16.        Chikwingwizha   Secondary School  42                        88, 1

17.       Marist Brothers Secondary School     126                    87, 3

18.       St Davids Bonda Secondary School  196                    86, 73

19.      St Antony’s High School                     185                   86, 49

20.      Alpha College                                      42                   85, 71

21.       Ruya Adventist Secondary                 107                   85, 05

22.       Serima Secondary                               140                 85

23.      Hama Secondary School                      88                    84, 09

24.      Goromonzi High School                      191                    83, 77

25.       St Francis of Assisi High School        147                     83, 67

26.       St Francis Xavier’s Kutama                157                     83, 44

27.       Howard High School                          184                    83, 15

28.       Nyadire Secondary School                 128                    82, 81

29.       Bernard Mizeki College                      63                      82, 54

30.     Bradley Secondary School                   139                    82, 01

31        MT ST Mary’s Secondary School       129                     81.4

32        St Dominic’s High School                  260                     81.15

33        ST Columba’s High School                167                     80.84

34        Gokomere High School                      241                     80.5

35        Marange High School                         189                    80.42

36        Marondera High School                      166                     79.52

37        Hartzell High School                          174                     79.31

38        Shungu High School                           82                      79.27

39        Sanyati Baptist Secondary School      151                     78.81

40        Pamushana Secondary School            195                    78.46

41        Mazowe High School                         120                     78.33

42        Waddilove High School                     202                       76.73

43        Lundi Secondary School                    106                      75.47

44        ST Anne’s Goto Secondary School    98                        74.49

45        Mandedza High School                      133                      74.44

46        Rusununguko High School                 211                      74.41

47        Mukaro High School                           159                     74.21

48        Nyahuni (Makunde) Secondary school 155                     73.55

49        Chibi High School                              184                     72.83

50        ST Patrick’s Secondary School           184                     72.37

51        Nhowe Secondary School                  130                      72.31

52        Zimuto Secondary School                  187                      72.19

53        Dadaya Secondary School                  150                     72

54        ST Albert’s Secondary School            133                      71.43

55        Berejena Secondary School                103                     70.87

56        Makumbe High School                       113                      70.8

57        Maranatha Adventist Secondary School147                     69.86

58        Hanke Adventist Secondary School   88                          69.32

59        Mutendi high School                          104                      68.27

60        Daramombe Secondary School           153                      67.97

61        ST Peters (Mbare Secondary School  78                        67.95

62        ST Paul’s Musami                               177                    67.8

63        Nyashanu Secondary School              152                     67.76

64        David Livingstone Secondary School            104             67.31

65        All Souls High School                        118                      66.95

66        Emmanuel Secondary School             133                     66.95

67        Murewa High School                          266                     66.92

68        Usher Secondary School                     133                    66.92

69        Green Gables High School                 38                       65.79

70        Minda Secondary School                    97                      64.95

71        ST Johns Secondary School                131                    64.89

72        Presbyterian Secondary School          91                       64.84

73        Silveira Secondary School                  167                     64.67

74        Nagle House                                       113                    64.6

75        Queen Elizabeth School                      175                    62.86

76        Holy Cross Secondary School            102                      62.75

77        ST KIlian’s Secondary School            81                        61.73

78        Adventist Secondary School              106                       61.32

79        Msthabezi Secondary School              198                     61.11

80        Mutare Girls High School                   143                      60.84

81        ST Michaels’ High School                  108                      58.97

82        Mt Selinda High School                     156                      58.97

83        St Benedict’s Secondary School        95                        58.95

84        St Joseph’s                                          151                  58.94

85        Makumbi High School                        177                      58.76

86        Kwenda Secondary School                152                       58.55

87        Pakame Secondary School                  130                     58.46

88        Chindunduma No 2 Secondary          119                         57.98

89        Loreto Secondary School                   130                       57.69

90        Msengezi High School                        143                      57.34

91        Thekwane High School                       126                      57.14

92        Chemhanza Secondary School           140                      57.14

93        Mashoko Secondary School               104                      56.73

94        Jameson High School                          120                    56.67

95        Ngezi Secondary                                 203                    56.65

96        Inyathi Secondary                               87                       56.32

97        Lydia Chimonyo Secondary               116                        56.03

98        St John’s High School                         61                       55.74

99        Mucheke No 2 Ndarama School         229                       55.46

100      St Mathias Tsonzo Secondary            150                        55.33

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14 Zim Schools make it into 100 Best Secondary Schools in Africa

December 19, 2014 Leave a comment

africaThere has been a marked rise of very good secondary schools all over the continent. Whilst government schools within African countries started off the best, following independence, much has changed. For the most part, private schools (we consider missionary school as private) outperform government schools. In addition, international schools have taken Africa by storm. Below is the list of 100 best secondary schools.

Fourteen of our very own Zim schools make it onto the list, which is a great achievement, South Africa has 30 schools. It is the schools that make it on the list, or that didn’t make it onto the list that I found puzzling. But it all depends on the methodology used to produce the list. It is in my opinion difficult to compare a school doing Zimsec from one doing Cambridge.

1. Grey College South Africa
2. Rift Valley Academy Kenya
3. King Edward VII School South Africa
4. Hilton College South Africa
5. St. George’s College Zimbabwe
6. Prince Edward School Zimbabwe
7. International School of Kenya Kenya
8. Accra Academy Ghana
9. Lycée Lamine Guèye Senegal
10. Adisadel College Ghana
11. St John’s College Houghton South Africa
12. Maritzburg College South Africa
13. Lycée Guebre Mariam Ethiopia
14. Selborne College South Africa
15. St Alban’s College South Africa
16. Lycée Lyautey Morocco
17. Durban High School South Africa
18. Grey High School South Africa
19. St Andrew`s College South Africa
20. Gateway High School Zimbabwe
21. Glenwood High School South Africa
22. Rainbow International School Uganda
23. Lycée Moulay Youssef Morocco
24. Kearsney College South Africa
25. St. James High School Zimbabwe
26. Wynberg Boys High School South Africa
27. Pretoria Boys High School South Africa
28. Lycée Français de Tananarive Madagascar
29. Mauritius College of the Air Mauritius
30. International School Moshi Tanzania
31. Le Collège Mermoz Ivory Coast
32. Strathmore School Kenya
33. Parktown Boys’ High School South Africa
34. International School of Tanganyika Tanzania
35. Holy Child School Ghana
36. Christ The King College Onitsha Nigeria
37. Graeme College South Africa
38. Jeppe High School for Boys South Africa
39. Alliance High School Kenya
40. Hillcrest School Jos Nigeria
41. Kingswood College South Africa
42. Hamilton High School Zimbabwe
43. Lincoln International School Uganda
44. Lycée Victor Hugo Morocco
45. Alexandra High School South Africa
46. École Normale Supérieure Guinea
47. Ghana International School Ghana
48. Arundel School Zimbabwe
49. Rondebosch Boys’ High School South Africa
50. Starehe Boys’ Centre Kenya
51. American International School of Johannesburg South Africa
52. Victoria Park High School South Africa
53. Methodist Boys High School Sierra Leone
54. Harare International School Zimbabwe
55. Methodist Girls High School Sierra Leone
56. Lenana School Kenya
57. St. Andrew’s High School Malawi
58. Benoni High School South Africa
59. Waddilove High School Zimbabwe
60. Roedean School South Africa
61. Wykeham Collegiate Independent School for Girls South Africa
62. Lycee Francais du Caire Egypt
63. Christian Brothers’ College Bulawayo Zimbabwe
64. Kamuzu Academy Malawi
65. Mount Pleasant High School Zimbabwe
66. Mfantsipim School Ghana
67. Chisipite Senior School Zimbabwe
68. Gayaza High School Uganda
69. Kutama College Zimbabwe
70. Wheelus High School Libya
71. Michaelhouse School South Africa
72. Westville Boys’ High School South Africa
73. Namilyango College Uganda
74. Government College Umuahia Nigeria
75. Muir College South Africa
76. Wesley Girls High School Ghana
77. Alexander Sinton High School South Africa
78. Lycée Faidherbe Senegal
79. Royal College Port Louis Mauritius
80. Lycée La Fontaine Niger
81. Lycée Lyautey de Casablanca Morocco
82. Settlers High School South Africa
83. Nyeri High School Kenya
84. Pinetown Boys’ High School South Africa
85. Kings’ College Lagos Nigeria
86. Lycée Français Liberté Mali
87. Paarl Boys’ High School South Africa
88. St. Paul’s College Namibia
89. Tafari Makonnen School Ethiopia
90. Wynberg Girls’ High School South Africa
91. Bingham Academy Ethiopia
92. Port Shepstone High School South Africa
93. Clapham High School South Africa
94. Hillcrest Secondary School Kenya
95. South African College School South Africa
96. Lycée Blaise Diagne Senegal
97. St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls South Africa
98. Townsend High School Zimbabwe
99. St.Gregory’s College Nigeria
100. St. Patrick School Zimbabwe

The Raking Methodology:

Expectedly the rankings of the “100 Best Secondary Schools in Africa” were met with displeasure from most of the people who left their comments on the article. Most people emailed the editor regarding the methodology that was used in compiling the list.

I should state here that ranking high schools from different countries across the continent is always going to be difficult as different countries follow different curriculums and take part in completely different regional assessments.

  • The author selected the list of schools that have historical prominence at a national and regional level. That is the reason most schools that featured on the list are also quite old, some started well before their corresponding countries became independent. This is especially the case for most public secondary/high schools. Here it is important to note that not all schools take part in regional assessments. Yet, not a single school was eliminated for lack of regional accomplishments. Schools that were very good at a national level, yet lacked regional presence were also considered given that they did not have any regional assessments to partake.
  • The author then went over the list of a few hundred schools selecting the schools that continued to lead at a national and regional level especially in the past few years when there has been national and regional rankings for secondary/high schools. It is also important to state that countries have different rakings and they rank different criteria which made it difficult to harmonize the list.
  • In addition to how the different schools have performed at a national level, schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships at a national and international level earned points above those that did not. On this, some schools had an advantage over others in that the data was readily available on their own websites or their Wikipedia pages. International schools are a case in point.
  • And success of individuals did not translate into success of the school that that particular individual attended. For instance, Koffi Annan was not enough to have Mfantsipim School (Ghana) on the list. Performance of a school is much more than what one individual had done.  Mfantsipim School (Ghana) has done much more than nurturing a UN Secretary General.
  • The article mentioned, “Most of these schools are old, with tremendous wealth of history. The performance of such schools did take consistency into consideration to eliminate the quick rise and quick fall cases. In addition, great schools such as the African Leadership Academy have yet to prove themselves over years. Only time will tell whether they will remain at the highest level they are at.”
  • Some readers may disagree with the way we construct our rankings methodology. Let us know if we missed an important component below in comments.

While we should always celebrate success of private enterprise and involvement of the private sector in education, it is important to ask the question; “Is the high performance of private schools at the cost of public schools?” This is an important question since the majority of the continent lack the means to pay for the skyrocketing costs of private institutions and choose instead to rely on public schools notwithstanding the fact that each African deserves good quality education. While I do not believe that a cap on secondary school fees will help, I stand convinced that African governments need to spend more on secondary school education.


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