The inability of students to do well in last year’s Form Four national examinations in which more than 50 percent got zero division is due to the schools’ failure to cover the four-year secondary school syllabuses from Form One to Form Four.
The Executive Secretary of the National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA), Joyce Ndalichako told a one-day meeting of Coast Region education stakeholders that some students have complained to Necta about the problem.
Ndalichako was speaking during a meeting of the stakeholders at the regional office in Kibaha. The Regional Commissioner Mwantumu Mahiza had invited Ndalichako to the meeting.
It was noted that the examinees have claimed that NECTA deliberately set the examinations ‘just to punish them’ as if it was not aware that the students had not been taught the topics from which some examination questions were derived.
The meeting also heard that the situation resulted in cheating and gross misbehaviour on the part of the examinees. “Some examinees failed to attempt any question and instead they drew sexually offensive cartoons or wrote Bongo Flava scripts where they were supposed to answer questions and earn marks,” she said.
Coast Region students were reportedly not involved in the misbehavour although many of them got zero division, being attributed to incomplete coverage of the respective syllabuses during their Form One to Form Four studies.
Ndalichako invited the stakeholders to her Dar es Salaam office to view the scripts of the students from the region to clear doubts over unfairness in the examinations.
She added: “It is bad to hear we were not fair to them, for what benefit…come before May to view the scripts and judge who was wrong, the examinees or the council.”
The NECTA boss said that region was facing a problem of ghost teachers. Some of them were earning salaries but were not teaching in the schools they were employed; and instead they were teaching in private schools. She said there was a teacher at Mselu Secondary School in Mkuranga District who had double employment and was teaching at a private school outside the district.
A total of 225,126 students, equivalent to 53.37 percent out of 450,324 examinees, passed the examinations.