Passing rate for Grade 12 goes up

Education Minister John Phiri

Education Minister John Phiri

OUT of 104,809 pupils who sat for Grade 12  examination last year, 63,104 obtained school certificates, representing an increase of 58.08 percent in 2012 to 60.21 percent.
Minister of Education John Phiri who announced the results at a press briefing yesterday said 39,926 pupils obtained the General Certificate of Education (GCE), 1,779 completely failed and 2,147 were absent.
Dr Phiri said that this is the first time in 49 years that grade 12 results have been announced in February the following year after examinations the previous year.
The minister said that Muchinga Province recorded the highest proportion of candidates that obtained certificates followed by Southern Province.
“Muchinga Province recorded the highest proportion of candidates obtaining school certificates at 69.16 percent followed by Southern Province at 64.47 percent.
Luapula and Western provinces recorded the lowest proportions of candidates that obtained school certificates at 51.19 percent and 53.02, respectively,” he said.
Dr Phiri said that a total of 106,956 candidates entered for the 2013 grade 12 examinations out of whom 61,006 were male and 45,935 female.
This represents an increase of 1.07 percent on the 105,825 candidates that entered for the same examination in 2012.
Dr Phiri said that his ministry has acknowledged the results are generally poor though there is a marginal improvement in performance of candidates last year as compared to 2012.
He said that it is in this regard that his ministry has launched a literacy campaign dubbed “Let’s Read Zambia” to help in working out the problems that cause poor results.
On examination malpractices, Dr Phiri said that a total of 421 cases were reported representing 0.40 per cent candidates that sat for the examination.
He said out of the 421 candidates who were involved in examination malpractices, 245 were immediately expelled from the entire examination.
Dr Phiri said that the nature of malpractices included 346 cases of attempting to or going into the examination room with pre-written materials, 27 cases of suspected assistance, seven cases of impersonation, 11 cases of suspected collusion and 27 cases of suspected copying.
He said that the results for these candidates have since been withheld and will be considered by a relevant committee.
Dr Phiri sternly warned against examination malpractices and said that those found wanting will be brought to book.
He said that the Examinations Council of Zambia has developed the SMS results release system, which enables candidates to access results through mobile phone services.

Courtesy of Zambia Daily Mail