A zero percent pass rate by more than a dozen schools in Zvimba district has drawn the ire of education authorities in the area.

12 primary and three secondary schools in Zvimba failed to produce a single learner with passes in grade seven and Ordinary Level examinations last year, putting educationists on a jolt.

The unpleasant news was revealed by the Zvimba district schools inspector Andrew Matsikiti at a Zvimba Better Schools Programme Awards Ceremony held in Mutorashanga.

Without mentioning the reasons for the dismal performance by the concerned schools, Mr Matsikiti spoke of the high prevalence of makeshift schools infrastructure at a number of institutions, which could indirectly be linked to the poor pass rate by the 15 schools.

Mashonaland West acting provincial education director Peter Nizira said while the education directorate may take exception to poor results at secondary school level, a zero percent pass rate at primary school is untenable.

Meanwhile, several learners and teachers walked away with prizes for excelling in both academic and non-academic fields during the Zvimba District Better Schools Programme Awards Ceremony.

A number of rural based learners who travel long distances to school also received some bicycles to make their journeys to and from school easier.

The Zvimba Better Schools Programme Awards Ceremony was also graced by the presence of Zvimba North legislator, Marion Chombo.