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The Top High Schools in Zimbabwe

High SchoolsFor decades Zimbabweans have bride themselves as having one of the most effective academic systems in Africa. The 2010 study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  reviled that Zimbabwe’s literacy rate is still high at 92%, and the highest in Africa. For those nor familiar, Zimbabwe’s education system consist of 7 years of primary school, 4 years of secondary school and 2 years of high school before students can enter a university.

The affluent families usually send their children to independent private schools as opposed to the public schools which are attended by the majority as these are subsidised by the government.

The ranking below is in terms of academic achievements by Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) ‎Ordinary and Advanced Levels results. Ordinary Levels pass means getting grades (A-C) and Advanced Levels (grades A-E). Both O and A-Level passes are usually dominated by church-run schools.

Here is the rank Position, Name of School, Location by province, and Candidature.

Advanced Level Schools Ranking

  1. St Faith’s, Manicaland, 92
  2. Shungu, Midlands, 50
  3. Nyanga, Manicaland, 69
  4. St Ignatius, Mashonaland East, 50
  5. Gokomere, Masvingo, 85
  6. St Francis of Assisi, Mashonaland East, 57
  7. St Johns,  Mashonaland East, 51
  8. Zengeza High, Harare, 93
  9. Monte Cassino, Mashonaland East, 50
  10. Marange, Manicaland, 60

Ordinary Level School Ranking

  1.  Nyanga, Manicaland, 92
  2. St Dominics, Mashonaland East, 87
  3. ZRP High, Harare, 115
  4. St Ignatius, Mashonaland East, 79
  5. Kriste Mambo, Manicaland, 111
  6. John Tallach, Bulawayo, 103
  7. Monte Cassino, Mashonaland East, 79
  8. St Davids Bonda, Manicaland, 199
  9. Chikwingwizha, Midlands, 34
  10. St Faith’s, Manicaland, 143
  11. Moleli, Mashonaland West, 126
  12. Bradley, Mashonaland Central, 103
  13. Sandringham, Mashonaland West, 176
  14. Marist Brothers, Bulawayo, 129
  15. Augustine, Manicaland, 173
  16. Hartzell, Manicaland, 191
  17. Anderson, Midlands, 65
  18. Kutama, Mashonaland West, 90
  19. St Francis Assisi, Mashonaland East, 132
  20. Serima, Masvingo, 137
  21. Nyazura, Manicaland, 150
  22. Regina Mundi, Mildands, 146
  23. Gokomere, Masvingo, 236
  24. Daramombe, Mashonaland East, 149
  25. Langham, Mashonaland Central, 110
  26. Mazowe, Mashonaland Central, 151
  27. Marange, Manicaland, 179
  28. Shungu, Midlands, 69
  29. St Anthony’s, Masvingo, 133
  30. St Columbus, Bulawayo, 165
  31. Howard, Mashonaland Central, 189
  32. Marondera, Mashonaland East, 161
  33. Bernard Mzeki, Mashonaland East, 77
  34. St Dominic’s, Manicaland, 234
  35. Mtshabezi, Matebeleland South, 176
  36. St Johns Chikwaka, Mashonaland East, 187
  37. Nyahuni, Mashonaland East, 148
  38. Ruya Adventist, Mashonaland Central, 95
  39. Lundi, Masvingo, 123
  40. Mt St Mary’s, Mashonaland East, 139
  41. St Anne’s Goto, Mashonaland East, 127
  42. Mandedza, Mashonaland East, 141
  43. Nyashanu, Manicaland, 153
  44. Loreto, Midlands, 106
  45. Usher, Matebeleland South, 86
  46. St Patrick’s, Midlands, 165
  47. Pamushana, Masvingo, 216
  48. Pakame, Midlands, 153
  49. Chibi, Masvingo, 121
  50. Goromonzi, Mashonaland East, 185

List provided by The Herald of Wednesday, 07 March 2012.

The positions on the list are not permanent, they change every year. Also note that being a student in these schools is not an automatic pass. One still has to work hard to pass.

These are not the only schools in Zimbabwe. There are thousands of good schools. Perhaps the question that still need to be answered is ‘What is the secret to Zimbabwe’s literacy rate?’

If you have a school that you think deserve to be on this list please list in below, stating the name and the location of the school.

© Copyright 2013 by It’s My Footprint.


Taka Sande is an author, an entrepreneur and development activist. He has a passion for making a difference by influencing and adding value to people’s lives. He is the founder of the blog It’s My Footprint, http://www.itsmyfootprint.com/blog. You can also follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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52 comments on “The Top High Schools in Zimbabwe
  1. Leyton Franklin says:

    Thanks for the info. I would not have seen this printed in any media in North America who always protray Africa countries as negative. Keep the Faith. Leyton

  2. Taka Sande says:

    Thank you Leyton. Africa is rising and its future is brighter!

  3. Wilson Banda says:

    Valuable information despite the fatal English mistakes in your write up.

    Also can you please explain what the meaning of stamping the A+ on a blank paper could be? as depicted at the article heading.

    Incidentally it would be interesting if you could benchmark with other countries to determine if the ranking is in the upper quartile on a continental or let alone regional scale in terms of the pass rates?

  4. Ngonidzashe Mapfumo says:

    Thank you for the info. Can you also please provide info on students who roll out of our universities each year. It would be interesting to find out how many of our brilliant students actually make it to university and how they get funding.

  5. Peter Namupira says:

    Thanks for updating us on this valuable information. We will know where to shop around for our children’s education. Would you also maybe let us know the level of student discipline? Life is not only about reading and writing.

  6. Sundresh Ammigan says:

    I was on the task force in 1988 for The New Structure and Content of Education in Zimbabwe.I forged solid relationship with the private sector like the ZCCI and other firms. Were the recommendations ever been put into practice?

    • Taka Sande says:

      Hi Sundresh, I am not sure about the specific recommendations, but what I can say is that during the 90s there were great changes to the curriculums throughout all grades.

  7. neil bailey says:

    Good news, where is Churchill, Prince Edward, or St Johns all in Harare?

  8. Christopher Muganhu says:

    Thanks Taka for the information. BUT the information provides one side of the story: ZIMSEC exams. What about schools where students write e.g. Cambridge.

    • Taka Sande says:

      You are right Christopher. Cambridge and Oxford exam boards are not covered, but the good thing is Zimsec covers more than 90% of the schools.

  9. PLEASE HELP!!!!!! l am currently in south Africa but need to get to the best school in Zimbabwe but i cant find the right school and l don’t know how l can regester ……i suggested Zengeza,Bradley and Regina Mundi …..please help me choose the best

  10. rura says:

    Thank u so much for this valuable info. How about the latest ranking after last year’s exams. We want to scan around for next year places.

  11. Tsungi says:

    Thanx so much for valuable information, I was battling with a finding better school for my kid…thanx once again…

  12. tendai says:

    Can I have a list of good primary boarding schools that have good results?

  13. TANATSWA says:

    Thank you much for the information it really helps those in search of best schools to go to …..

  14. Lee says:

    Thank you soo much the telone directory and the list are helping me a lot .

  15. fungai says:

    Hi, l understand that perhaps zimsec covers 90% of the schools but this assessment conveys a rather myopical judgement. l suggest you put up a list for private schools that sit for Cambridge examinations or include them in your list in order of their pass rate, this will at least provide a balanced judgement because these “elite” schools are in Zimbabwe.

  16. Paula says:

    Can I have the list for November 2013 exams?

  17. rutendo says:

    Samaringa high school in Mutasa district I just want to know the pass rate.

  18. rutendo says:

    Just want to know the pass rate at samaringa high in mutasa district for 2013 0 level examanitions.

  19. Tendai says:

    Thanx for the information. May you please assist with a list of best primary schools preferably boarding schools. Thanks in advance.

  20. Busi says:

    I think this article is seriously misleading in that the top schools in the country happen to be private schools who in fact write the Cambridge, not Zimsec exams and are therefore not included in these rankings. Maybe you should have been more specific and mentioned the scope so as to provide a more realistic view of performance across the board.

  21. freddy says:

    Zim education is still on top of africa wide .

  22. dee says:

    This ranking is zimsec and not Cambridge I am not against Zimbabwe education system but some of those who would have passed zimsec are not very bright in other matters. Ranking should be at international level and ability to be applicable internationally. Most of these so called students who are said to have passed zimsec when they go to universities struggle for close to six months to catch with the advanced system of learning. Is zimsec relevant internationally?

  23. dee says:

    When they go to universities outside Zimbabwe struggle to catch up for some months.

  24. michelle sithole says:

    Thanks for the info it helps find the best schools.

  25. catherine john says:

    I was not impressed. Gateway is also in top 50.

  26. Emmanuel says:

    Taka, I think you left out Mufakose 1 High school. Mufakose 1 High and Zengeza High are in the same province and Mufakose was named best in Harare, so how come Zengeza is there on the list and Mufakose is missing?

  27. Shelly says:

    Hi guys

    I’m looking for telephone no for Pinewood high in Harare please.

  28. abigail katalino says:

    WOW. These schools are very nice, but do they have good boarding rooms?

  29. Shumirayi Chikombe says:

    Can u plz broadcast this year’s pass rate for Chinhoyi high school coz i cnt find it anywhere? Thanx.

    • Victor says:

      I suggest you define what a good school is first. Is it about good grades, school values, discipline, leadership etc i think there is a lot of good schools that you left, for example Midlands Christian College (MCC) in Gweru is one one of the best schools in Zim and for those looking for a good primary boarding school their primary school MCS (Midlands Christian School) is one of the best, amazing values.

      • Taka Sande says:

        Hi Victor,

        The you for your comments. I really appreciate them.

        This list shows ‘The ranking below is in terms of academic achievements by Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec).’ There are many good school in Zimbabwe but according to the Zimsec results, this is the rank.

    • Taka Sande says:

      Hi Shumirayi,

      Check on the ‘The Top High Schools In Zimbabwe – 2013′ at http://www.itsmyfootprint.com/the-top-high-schools-in-zimbabwe-2013/.

      The 2014 top schools will be released this week.

      Thank you.

  30. takudzwa says:

    I think ZRP High should have been in the top 10 A level.

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