ZNUT says Zambian education system lacks adequate credibility

Pupils in a clasroom

Pupils in a classroom

The Zambia National Union of Teachers Union (ZNUT) has said the Zambian education system currently lacks adequate credibility due to the malpractices that take place during examinations.

Speaking when he commented on the just released grade nine results in an interview with the Zambian Eye in Lusaka today February 1 2013, ZNUT Secretary General Newman Bubala says it is not even possible to guarantee examination Malpractice free exams because of the many loopholes that existed in the system.

Bubala says the current picture of examination results was not very accurate due to the high number of pupils who used leakages during exams.

He has since called on the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) to take a thorough  investigation into the examination process starting from when the Exams are prepaired through to when they go for printing, distribution until they get to the schools if they are to establish the level at which the leaking takes place.

Bubala says the investigation is rather not an easy one because of the complexity of the process through which the examination papers go before they can finally reach the pupils in the examination rooms.

“The process is too long and anything can happen along the way especially since people are usually tempted to earn little monies here and there,” Bubala said.

Bubala says it is therefore not certain for someone to say the just released grade nine results give the true picture because some of the pupils who passed might have used leakages.

Yesterday Education Minister John Phiri announced the grade nine results at a media briefing in Lusaka where he said that there had been a drop in the pass rate compared to last year.

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 11.33 per cent.

A total of 291,018 out of which 153,630 were boys and 137,388 girls sat for the examination in 2012 compared to 276,840 in 2011, representing an increase of 4.87 per cent in the number of candidates.

Phiri said out of the 100, 824 pupils who had been selected to Grade 10, a total of 52,288 were boys while 48,536 were girls.

He said the results gave a progression rate of 34.65 per cent (34.04 per cent were boys and 35.33 per cent girls) compared to 44.91 per cent in 2011.