General Education Spokesperson Hillary Chipango says the Ministry of Education is saddened by poor results that Lusaka Province has recorded for grade nine pupils who sat for examinations last year.
Speaking to ZANIS in an interview today, Mr. Chipango noted that General Education Minister John Phiri has since directed the Ministry of Directorates of Standards and Curriculum to institute investigations as to why grade nine results are poor.
He however indicated that the grade nines who sat for examinations last year were the first ones to write examinations under the new curriculum which was introduced in 2014.
Mr. Chipango added that the introduction of the new curriculum in 2014 was accompanied with the introduction of new subjects such as Social Studies and could have been one of the reasons grade nine pupils in Lusaka Province have not performed well as most of them were still adjusting to the change.
He noted that the Ministry has learnt something from a few mistakes on how the introduction of a new curriculum was handled adding that the Ministry will do its best this year to ensure that pupils acquire better results.
Mr. Chipango stated however that the Ministry can only come up with measures to assist the grade nines writing examinations this year once the cause for last year’s poor results is ascertained.