Below are some of the statics from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

1. Grade 7 Pass Rate

Candidates in Zimbabwe are examined in four subject areas where their scores are graded on a scale that stretches from Grade 1 (the best) to Grade 9 (the least). An aggregate of up to 24 units from all the four subjects (four subjects x 6) is regarded as qualitative performance. The pass rate has been below 40% for the past 8 years and this means more than 60% of the candidates sitting for Grade 7 Examinations are failing with more than 24 units. The performance of candidates from 2006 to 2013 is shown in the tables below:

2. Pupil To Teacher Ratio

The student (pupil) to teacher ratio in Zimbabwe is the number of primary school pupils divided by the number of primary school teachers. It is generally considered better to have fewer pupils per teacher.

  • More than 3.2 million children are enrolled in primary and secondary schools in Zimbabwe - yet there are only about 102,000 teachers.
  • Teacher-to-pupil ratios range according to location of schools, ranging from 1:36 in privileged private schools to 1:52 in some poor and/or remote districts

3. Out Of School Children - Aged 7 - 14

  • 234 000 children between the ages of 7 - 14 are out of school in Zimbabwe.
  • This age group captures the bulk of basic compulsory education in most countries, aids cross - national comparability of estimates, and conveys the normative international frameworks set by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and supported by the ILO Minimum Age Convention.

  • Fewer girls (9% or 112,330) are out of school than boys (10%% or 122,114) in Zimbabwe.
  • Out of school rates for children from rural areas (11%) are higher than those for children from urban areas (5%). In terms of absolute numbers, there are more children out of school in rural areas (203,491) than in urban areas (30,954).