SCHOOLS PRODUCE BETTER PASS RATES BUT STILL LACK IN SCIENCES

TANZANIA: EDUCATION/DAILY NEWS/31/1/18 SABANews 1

Their future is in the books

DAR ES SALAAM – The National Examination Council of TANZANIA has released encouraging results for the 2017 Certificate of Secondary Education Examinations and Qualifying Tests.

The DAILY NEWS says schools have produced an increased pass rate of 77-POINT-57 percent, which is SEVEN-POINT-22 percent higher than the 70-POINT-35 percent of 2016.

It also says the past academic year recorded a higher number of candidates who landed between Divisions ONE and THREE, increasing up to 30-POINT-15 percent; compared to the 25-POINT-34 percent pass rate in 2015 and 27-POINT-60 percent in 2016.

National Examination Council Executive Secretary CHARLES MSONDE has announced the results at a news conference in the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM.

He says the KISWAHILI Language paper had the highest passes among all the subjects, while Basic MATHEMATICS still remains at the bottom.

Mr MSONDE says while the increased pass rates are encouraging, the authorities are worried over the continued poor performances in PHYSICS, Basic MATHEMATICS, COMMERCE, and BOOKKEEPING.

The official says there is need for concerted efforts to increase the pass rate in all subjects, even the leading KISWAHILI Language that had an 84-POINT-42 percent.

The Council recorded 66-POINT-86 pass rate in ENGLISH Language, BIOLOGY 61-POINT-37 percent, CIVICS 59-POINT-75 percent, HISTORY 55-POINT-99 percent, CHEMISTRY 53-POINT-39 percent, and GEOGRAPHY 53-POINT-18 percent.

It recorded the lowest marks in COMMERCE – with 46-POINT-45 percent, PHYSICS 42-POINT-17 percent, BOOKKEEPING 40-POINT-82 percent, and MATHEMATICS 19-POINT-19 percent.

Mr MSONDE has named the top 10 schools as SAINT FRANCIS Girls in MBEYA City, FEZA Boys in DAR ES SALAAM City, KEMEBOS in KAGERA Region, BETHEL SABS Girls in IRINGA Region, and ANWARITE Girls in KILIMANJARO District.

Others are MARIAN Girls in the COAST Region, CANOSSA in DAR ES SALAAM, FEZA Girls in DAR ES SALAAM, MARIAN Boys in the COAST Region, and SHAMSIYE Boys in DAR ES SALAAM City.

He has further revealed the 10 poorest performers have been KUSINI in UNGUJA South, PWANI MCHANGANI in UNGUJA North, MWENGE SMZ and LANGONI in MJINI MAGHARIBI, FURAHA in DAR ES SALAAM, and MBESA in RUVUMA.

Others are KABUGARO in KAGERA, CHOKOCHO in PEMBA South, NYEBURU in DAR ES SALAAM, and MTULE in UNGUJA South.

However, the TANZANIA National Examination Council Executive has cancelled the results of 265 candidates, 136 of them being private candidates and the other 129 from public schools, for cheating incidences./Sabanews/cam

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