OVER 280,000 pupils out of the total number 0f 337, 706 who sat for Grade seven examinations this year have been selected to grade Eight.
Education minister John Phiri says a total number of 337 706 pupils entered for the grade Seven examinations and only 304, 429 pupils sat for the examinations.
Dr Phiri who announced the results at the ministry headquarters in Lusaka yesterday said the results represent a progression rate of 93.49 percent.
He says Grade eight classes will open on January 14th 2013 with a grace period of two weeks.
Dr Phiri has disclosed that all the pupils who sat for the examination in Luapula, Eastern, Copperbelt Northwestern Central and western Provinces have been selected to grade 8.
He says the 2012 examinations recorded four malpractices involving three teachers and nine pupils.
Dr Phiri says the three teachers have been suspended while the nine pupils were expelled from school in a move meant to send a serious warning that government will not tolerate malpractices.
He says the malpractices involved stealing of examination papers to aid candidates.
Dr Phiri praised all key stakeholders who participated in the examination and urged them to continue with the same spirit.