The Ministry of Education says the country has recorded 1.8% improvement in this year’s grade 12 results as compared to last year.
Speaking at a media briefing to announce the grade results General Education Minister Dr John Phiri said a total of 71,702 candidates out the 125,602 who sat for the Grade 12 School Certificates while 49,302 obtained GCE representing an improvement of 1.8% as compared to 2014.
Dr Phiri said of the total candidates who sat for the exams 4,652 failed representing 3.5% of the pupils who did not obtain any certificate and that of the total number of candidates 56,578 were girls and 69,108 were boys.
He also said there has been an increase in the candidates by 5% something he attributed to the infrastructure development embarked on by the PF government.
He said 45 schools from the 454 schools that presented candidates for exams recorded a 100 percent school certificate pass rate.
Eastern Province produced the highest with a pass rate of 71% while Copperbelt produced the list at a pass rate of 44.5%. Southern 69.9%, Muchinga 63. 6% and Lusaka 62 % were in the top half.
“The Ministry demands that more, if not all schools joins this league of excellence. In order to continue improving learner performance in all schools, the Ministry, is implementing ” catch up programme” aimed at providing remedial lessons to learners that find difficulties in learning,” he said.
The Minister implored on District Officers and teachers to desist from getting involved in partisan politics adding pupils who attend different schools do not belong to one party.
On exam malpractice the Minister said 33 cases were recorded of which 3 cases were by institutions while 30 by individuals and that the results have since been withheld pending a resolution from the council board.