A total 31,516 out of 32,610 Form Four students who passed national examination last year have been selected to join Advanced Level education in public secondary schools and technical colleges.
Education and Vocational Training Deputy Minister Phillip Mulugo told journalists yesterday in Dar es Salaam there was a 13.34 per cent drop in the number of those selected compared to last year.
The Deputy Minister said that 9,331 out of the 9,481 girls were selected, while 21,622 out 22,177 boys went through.
Mulugo said that among those selected, 563 students would join Arusha Technical College (ATC), Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), Mbeya Institute of Science and Technology and Dar es Salaam Water Demand Management Institute.
Mulugo further said that some of the students who scored division one to three could not join Form Five because they did not have the credits needed for their chosen combinations.
He said the drop in the number of students with the requisite qualifications to join Form Five has resulted in many schools especially those which enroll students who are pursuing Arts, commerce and economics with vacant positions.
He said the government had set aside a total of 41,000 positions, 15,000 for girls and 26,000 for boys, but only 9,378 girls and 22,138 boys were selected, leaving 9,484 positions vacant.
“This year we have the chance to accommodate all qualified students…the ministry has instructed the councils to focus on accomplishing the construction of classrooms so that they can be used in 2013,” he said.
Mulugo said that students who have been selected to join government schools but have already enrolled in other schools should inform heads of the schools where they have been posted.
Mulugo said that students whose results have been withheld by National Examination Council of Tanzania for various reasons will also be given the chance to join Form Five if they have the required qualifications.
He directed heads of the schools to provide selected students with information before the schools open on April 12 this year.