ZANEC laments over Grade 9 results
THE decreasing number of candidates qualifying to Grade Ten (10) is retrogressive to the development of our education system, Zambia National Education Coalition executive director George Hamusunga has said.
Mr Hamusunga said it was disappointing to that the number of Grade Nine (9) learners who obtained certificates were only 116,616 out of 255,449 representing 45.65% of the total candidates who sat for the examinations.
He said the 54.35% representing the ratio of the number of Grade Nine (9) learners who failed the examination was huge to ignore and was a draw back to the country’s education system.
Mr Hamusunga advised the Ministry of General Education to introduce competence based examinations which were important in the assessment of the readiness of pupils to progress to the next grade.
He said that this way, only competent pupils who were ready to progress to Grade 9 would be allowed to sit for examinations.
With this the prospects of having all the examination candidates passing their Grade 9 examinations would increase, he added further urged the Ministry to put in place stringent measures that would help in eliminating the recurrence of the 2018 examinations malpractices.
He however, said that in as much as the ministry was the custodian of all examinations it was also the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children studied hard and prepared adequately for their examinations.
“Although we always blame the Ministry of General Education as the custodian of all examinations, the concerned learners and their parents should also bear the share of the blame,” he said.
Mr Hamusunga also demanded for increased investment in the vocational skills career pathway introduced in the 2014 Revised Curriculum to ensure all Grade 9 examination candidates who could not progress in the academic career pathway were absorbed accordingly.
The Ministry of General Education must introduce competence based examinations which are important in the assessment of the readiness of pupils to progress to the next grade.