ZANEC laments over Grade 9 re­sults

Daily Nation Newspaper - - Home News - By MOSES SINJWALA

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.

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