Some Grade 12 repeaters fail again

A total of 5,714 Grade 12 repeaters who sat for the June, 2014 General Certificate of Education (GCE) examinations have failed again.

The failures were among 18, 371 candidates who entered for the mid-year Grade 12 examinations.

Education Minister John Phiri announced yesterday that a total of 12,657 candidates managed to obtain GCEs.

Dr Phiri told a media  briefing yesterday in Lusaka that among those who passed the examinations were, 4, 764  males while 7, 893 candidates were female candidates representing 77.45 percent.

He said Lusaka and Northern provinces achieved higher GCE pass rate at 80.55 percent and 73.35 percent respectively.

“Western Province and North-Western provinces obtained the lower rates of candidates obtaining GCEs at 70.91 percent and 73.35 percent respectively,” Dr Phiri said.

He explained that this year’s June GCE examination attracted candidates who wanted to improve their results by attaining a credit or better in order to meet requirements for tertiary education.

Dr Phiri said after analysing the results in Mathematics, Science and Biology, it was proved that only 9.98 percent of candidates obtained a credit or better, while 18.59 percent of the candidates obtained passes and 71.72 percent failed the examination.

“In Social Sciences and Business studies analysis, 61.12 per cent of the candidates obtained a credit or better, while 25.23 per cent obtained passes and only 13.65 per cent failed,”he said.

Dr Phiri said the continued poor performance in Mathematics, Science and Biology by the candidates required serious attention by the directorate of Standards and Curriculum.

“I am however hopeful that under the new curriculum, performance will be much better due to the various interventions that the ministry has put in place to consistently monitor learner performance at school level,” he said.

Dr Phiri said the ministry has also sponsored a good number of teachers to upgrade their qualifications and improve their skills in the teaching of Mathematics and Science under the fast track initiative.

“It is our desire that the graduates of the fast track programmes will apply themselves fully in execution of their duties so that the high failure rates in mathematics and science should be brought eventually to a halt,” he said.

Dr Phiri said this year’s examinations were completely free of examination leakages.

He added that the few examination malpractices arose from the stringent measure that had been put in place to secure the examination materials by the structures of the ministry.