Grade 12 Results show Improvement despite COVID-19 Lock downs

Minister of General Education Dennis Wanchinga
Minister of General Education Dennis Wanchinga

The Ministry of General Education has officially announced the 2020 Grade nine and seven examination results.

Announcing the results at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, General Education Minister Dr. Dennis Wanchinga disclosed that of the 254, 852 candidates who sat for the grade nine examinations, 135, 300 passed the examination and have progressed to Grade 10 representing 53.07 percent pass rate compared to 46.14 percent recorded in the 2019 examination.

Dr. Wanchinga explained that a total of 98, 505 candidates representing 38.65% obtained statements whilst 21, 047 candidates representing 8.26% failed the examination.

He also disclosed that analysis of performance by sex revealed that apart from the usual English and some Zambian Languages, girls also performed better than boys in Business Studies.

The Minister attributed the good performance in 2020 to the consistent policy directions by the Zambian government under the leadership of His Excellency President Edgar Lungu on teaching and learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic considering that some countries in Africa and world over had to postpone to 2021 or cancel the 2020 examination sessions.

Dr. Wanchinga also stated that government is honoured that for the second year running, there were no reported leakages of examination question papers during the conduct of the 2020 Grade 7 Composite and Grade 9 Internal examinations.

He however disclosed that a total of 18 cases of suspected examination malpractices were reported during the conduct of Grade 9 examination which he said where in the form of smuggling unauthorised materials into the examination room, collusion, copying and assistance.

And Dr. Wanchinga said the 2020 Grade 7 national progression rate is 100 percent like the 2019 Grade 7 Examination.

He said this means that all the 403, 445 candidates who sat the 2020 Grade 7 Composite examination have progressed to Grade 8.

The Minister also disclosed that at all the four divisions (1, 2, 3 and 4), girls performed better than boys.

And the Minister further announced that the 2021 Grade 8 and 10 learners will open on Monday 1st March 2021 adding that the grace period of two weeks will end on Friday 12th March 2021.


  1. ….’And Dr. Wanchinga said the 2020 Grade 7 national progression rate is 100 percent like the 2019 Grade 7 examination.’

    Are we to suppose that primary school teachers are more efficient and hard-working than their counterparts at secondary level? Or Grade 7 exams have now become a mere formality as progression is guaranteed regardless.

  2. Great development during a very challenging year. We congratulate all candidates. Remember you are the future leaders of Zambia as long as you join and stand under pf. Join upnd if you want to be a failure in life like hh

  3. “And Dr. Wanchinga said the 2020 Grade 7 national progression rate is 100 percent like the 2019 Grade 7 Examination.”

    This is what happens when you have a kakistocracy govt in charge they have no responsibility or shame at all…I mean how can they progress 100% when they never finished their syllabus …everything is rotten under this Lazy Lungu.

  4. Tarino no one cares about your views. You are not Zambian, don’t live in Zambia. Go and release your frustration on British media. Or are you scared of your whlte masters. Fuseke

  5. The most classic adage regarding trolling is, “Don’t feed the trolls.” Trolls seek out emotional responses and find provocation amusing, so replying to them or attempting to debate them will only make them troll more. By ignoring a troll completely, they will likely become frustrated and go somewhere else on the internet.

    You should try your best not to take anything trolls say seriously. No matter how poorly they behave, remember these people spend countless unproductive hours trying to make people mad. They’re not worth your time of day.

  6. We MUST do away with grade 10 selection exams. Primary and Secondary education should be for every child a basic and essential need. Children should be educated from grade 1 to grade 12 without any interruption.

  7. @living legend I think you mean the right message rather than right wing rhetoric. It is a fact that hh and upnd will never lead this country until they select a non Tonga candidate to stand as president. Can they do this?

  8. The Headline read “Grade 12 Results show Improvement despite COVID-19 Lock downs”
    I have read the whole report and I didn’t see anything about Grade 12 Examinations.

  9. LT Editor please pull down this article, it’s embarrassing to see that the content and headline do not correlate. Let’s proof read articles prior to circulation online.


  11. I think education in our country is losing value like our currency.

    In the next 15 years we shall experience a, worst education standard in Zambia if we don’t remove PF this year.

    Why is that education standard under PF is degrading? Our leaders don’t care about the future of majority Zambians because they knie they can afford school fees outside Zambia.

    We are in trouble. Let’s unite and remove these incompetent PF government this year.

    PF must go!

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