Over 90 % pass GCE ex­ams - Min­is­ter

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

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.

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