Little known Norton based Knowe Primary School produced arguably the highest number of candidates with the best results in the ZIMSEC grade 7 national examinations in 2018, with 34 learners attaining 5 units each.
On the charts, Knowe was followed by Manicaland based Chancellor Primary School, which had 28 learners with 5 units.
2018 was also a year in which Norton capped a fine performance in the grade 7 examinations, producing a total of 62 pupils with 5 units, against a provincial total tally of 171.
Knowe Primary School Head, Gumisai Magombedze said he used the push up and pull up approach which saw the school dedicating two teachers to identify loopholes among those with a performance lag, while one teacher was dedicated towards further improving the performance of those with a better cognitive ability.
The teachers behind the school’s excellent performance were Shasha Chitsvare, Rose Tsotsoma and Sarudzai hatibaki.
Chegutu District Schools Inspector, Abisai Rupanga said full understanding of the new syllabus by teachers is key to achieving desired results.
Norton legislator, Temba Mliswa hosted a luncheon in honour of the 62 pupils from Norton with 5 units, to celebrate the achievement of the schools, especially Knowe, and pledged to keep supporting the cause for the advancement of children’s right to education.
Guest of honour at the luncheon, the Minister of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs, Mary Mliswa marvelled at the performance of the girl child as 19 of the 34 knowe primary school pupils with 5 units were girls.
Meanwhile, highly fancied Dudley Hall Primary School failed to produce many pupils with 5 units as most learners were hard done by Shona despite doing well in the other four subjects.