Grade 9 pass rate drops



GOVERNMENT has released Grade Nine results showing a drop in the pass rate from the previous year’s examination results.
Out of the 291,018 who sat for the examinations in 2012, only 100,824 candidates have passed, compared to 124,331 who made it in 2011.
There were 276,840 pupils who sat for the examinations in 2011.
Education Minister John Phiri announced the results at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday.
The Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) has attributed the poor results to, among other factors, the low teacher-pupil ratio.
Dr Phiri said 20,507 candidates failed while 54,547 candidates were absent from the examination compared to 29,568 in 2011.
He said Grade 10 classes would open on February 11, while the grace period would end on February 25, 2013.
The minister said 345,565 candidates (18, 484 boys and 165, 081 girls) entered for the 2012 examinations compared to 306,408 candidates in 2011, representing a percentage increase of 11.