Southern Province Minister Dr Edify Hamukale (Right) signs the visitors’ book at the refurbished Lochnivar National Park Guest House. This was during his tour of the National Park
Southern Province Minister Dr Edify Hamukale (Right) signs the visitors’ book at the refurbished Lochnivar National Park Guest House. This was during his tour of the National Park

Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale says he is impressed with the 2018 Grade 12 results in which Southern Province emerged the best with a 75.4 percent pass rate.

Dr Hamukale said the province is proud to be the best in the country and had recorded an improvement from the previous 71 percent pass rate on a year to year comparison.

He attributed the good performance of the pupils to an increase in boarding schools, as this helped learners devote ample time to studying.

Speaking during a briefing in Livingstone on Tuesday, Dr Hamukale said the District Education Board Secretaries (DEBS) offices and teachers were also instrumental in the achievement of exceptional results by the learners.

“Furthermore, the teacher to pupil ratio improved after recruitment of more teachers. With more teachers and boarding schools, I strongly believe our pass rate as a province may even go to 80 percent,” he said.

And Dr Hamukale noted that Southern Province has a historic reputation of recording high pass marks adding that, learners have no choice but to work hard.

He commended private schools for supplementing government efforts but urged them to provide quality education instead of just helping those who failed or scored lower marks.

Meanwhile, the provincial minister noted that Southern Province recorded one of the lowest rates of teenage pregnancies.

“This is due to the increase in boarding schools. With boarding schools, teachers are able to monitor learners’ movements. In future we’ll have every justification to build more boarding schools because the results are clear for all to see,” he said.

Dr Hamukale however, said there is need to investigate why pass rates at grade seven and 12 level in Southern Province were usually higher than at grade nine level.

“The same pupils who do well in grade seven, underperform in Grade nine but produce outstanding results in Grade 12, why? We need to investigate this thoroughly,” he said.

Southern Province emerged the best with a 75.4 percent pass rate at Grade 12 level in the 2018 General Certificate Examinations followed by Lusaka Province with 72.7 percent.

Copperbelt Province had 70.5 percent, Eastern 65.3 percent, Western 64.9 percent, Northern 63.6 percent, Muchinga 60.6 percent, Central 58 percent, North-Western 57.7 percent and Luapula Province had 57 percent.

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  1. Well done Southern Province, well done pupils. We welcome you to the real world and we will do whatever possible make your new journey as smooth as possible by being your mentors.

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    • Last year CBU list of new students had 3 pages with names starting with H. I was shocked to compare with names related to North Western, central and Copperbelt combined, names with surname K just 1 page.

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    • But why is it that when they want to go to plot 1 then they become dull. They can’t win an election. They can’t strategize. And yet they claim to have high IQ that those from the biblical East? Nishi kashi?

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  2. It has always been like that, those Seventh day Adventist are dead serious with studying, especially girls!
    Look at those UPND MPs, so educated.

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  3. Well done madam PEO, all DEBS, HEAD TEACHERS and Teachers at large. For you madam PEO, you always perform wherever you have gone. Thank God you came to this great province. CONGRATULATIONS

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