Over 90 % pass GCE exams - Minister
THE number of candidates who sat for the General Certificate of Education (G.C.E) external examinations in 2018 has increased by 10.77 percent to 94 percent from 83.23 percent last year. And 35,688 candidates out of 57, 620 who sat for the Grade Nine external examinations have passed. Announcing the results at the ministry heaquarters in Lusaka yesterday, Minister of General Education David Mabumba said 552 cases of examination malpractices were reported in the 2018 G.C.E examinations. Mr Mabumba said all the 10 provinces recorded more than 90 percent pass rate with an increase in females obtaining G.C.E certificates, adding that the results could be accessed electronically by using the ECZ short code SMS to 8383 via all networks. He said that absenteeism rate at national level with G.C.E was at 6.5 percent representing a drop of 1.10 percent from 7.6 percent in 2017 with Lusaka being the top 8.23 percent, followed by Northern while Copperbelt Province was the lowest with 4.7 percent. He said the best performance was in practical subjects followed by languages pass rate 93.2 percent, while social sciences and business studies ranked third, and English language and literature were least.