A TOTAL of 66,971 pupils out of 119,862 candidates who sat for grade 12 examinations last year have passed, representing a 14.1 percentage increase over the 2013 examinations.
Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Michael Kaingu said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the figure represents a 55.8 percent pass rate.
“A total of 122,056 candidates entered for the examination, out of whom 54,236 were female and 67,823 male. This represents an increase of 14.1 percent on the 106,956 candidates that entered for the same examination in 2013,” Dr Kaingu said.
“Out of the 122,056 candidates that entered for the examination for the 2014 examination, a total of 119,862 candidates sat for the examination, of whom 53,173 were girls and 66,689 were boys,” he said.
The minister said Southern, Luapula, Central and Eastern provinces have recorded an increase in the pass rate.
Dr Kaingu further said the other six provinces recorded a sharp decline in the pass rate.
He also said a total of 2,197 candidates were absent from the examination, representing a marginal decrease in absenteeism rate from two percent in 2013 to 1.8 percent last year.
Dr Kaingu said all provinces recorded a decline in absenteeism except Muchinga and Luapula.
He expressed concern at the low pass rate and directed officials in the ministry to investigate the matter.