The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has expressed concern over cases of drug abuse at most schools in the province.

Although Mashonaland East recorded an increase in pass rates at all levels in 2016 as compared to 2015, provincial Education Director Mr Christopher Chihota told stakeholders at the provincial merit awards that there is increasing concern over drug abuse in schools especially those in urban areas with one student at Nyameni High having lost his life while a number of cases have also been reported at other schools.

Educationist Mr Cleopas Kundiona paid tribute to the new curriculum which he said will go a long way in improving the quality of education.

The provincial average pass rate at grade 7 in 2016 was at 52.42 percent up from 52.36 in 2015, at O’ level the provincial pass rate was at 32 percent up from 30 percent while at A’ level it was 94.53 up from 92.99 percent.

There is however concern over some schools which continue to record zero percent pass rates at grade 7 and O’ level despite having 100 percent qualified teachers.

8 primary schools recorded zero percent pass rate at grade 7 while 25 had zero percent at O’ level.