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Govt schools miss top ten

7th February 2010
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The National Examinations Council of Tanzania (Necta) yesterday announced 2009 Form Four national examination results with government schools once again failing to enter into top ten lists.

According to the Necta results, although the number of girls who entered into top ten best students fell compared to 2008, the number one student countrywide for last year is Immaculate Mosha who overtook boys.

Unlike last year when St Francis Girls, Mbeya, produced ten girls in the top ten in girls’ category, only two have managed to appear in the category this year and none of them appearing in the top ten overall best student in the country.

Private schools scooped overall win in both categories of schools with less than 35 students, and those with over 35 students in what indicates the abysmal performance of government-owned schools amid the growing outcry on the quality of education offered by these institutions of learning.

The ten best schools for schools with less than 35 candidates are Feza Girls, Mafinga Seminary, St Joseph-Kilocha Seminary, Queen of Apostles-Ushirombo, Dungunyi Seminary, Rubya Seminary, Sengerema Seminary, Bethelsabs Girls, Thomas Moore Machrina and Hellen’s .

Ten best schools for schools with more than 35 candidates are Marian Girls, St James Seminary, Don Bosco Seminary, St Francis Girls, St Mary Junior Seminary, Uru Seminary, Feza Boys, Uru Seminary, Anwarite Girls, Maua Seminary and St Mary Goreti.

Announcing the results at a press conference in Dar es Salaam, Necta Executive Secretary Joyce Ndalichako, said at least 42,672 candidates being 17.85 percent, passed with between division 1 and 3. Some 13,788 (12.47 percent) girls got between divisions one and three compared to 28,884 (22.48 percent) boys who passed with the same divisions. A total of 173,323 out of 339,925 candidates, who sat for the examinations last year, had passed.

The national examination body recorded increase in enrolment where 351,152 registered last year compared to 241,472 candidates registered for the exam in 2008. “The increase in the number of candidates could manifest fruits of ward secondary schools that the government initiated several years ago,” said Ndalichako.

The ten best boys are: Gwambaka Njobelo (Mzumbe - Morogoro), Wolfang Seiya (Majengo -Kilimanjaro), John Kimbari (St James Seminary-Kilimanjaro), Said Abdallah and Evans Lwanga (Feza Boys- Dar es Salaam) Abuubakar Ally (Mivumoni Islamic Seminary – Dar es Salaam) Gabriel Aniseth (Moshi Technical-Kilimanjaro) Hemed Kapolo and Hamidu Mbonde (Feza Boys-Dar es Salaam) and Innocent Nambuo (Faraja Seminary-Kilimanjaro)

The best ten girls are: Immaculate Mosha, Vanessa Chilunda, Faith Assenga and Doreen Philbert (Marian Girls-Coast) Zahra Meghji (Usagara-Tanga), Inviolata Chami (Marian Girls-Coast, Catherine Balali (St Francis Girls-Mbeya), Patricia Mmbaga (Anwarite Girls-Kilimanjaro), Jovita Byemerwa (St Francis Girls-Mbeya) and Flora Munuo (Anwarite Girls-Kilimanjaro). Unlike the rest of the years, the examination body did not state performance in specific subjects with Ndalichako saying “Civics was the best performed subject” adding that due to unavoidable circumstances Necta could not classify the subjects.

Meanwhile, the Necta announced yesterday that it was withholding results for 7,242 candidates who sat the examination in October last year without paying fees.

She said they have to pay fees and claim their results within two years failure of which the results will be invalidated.

Fifty three other candidates also had their results nullified as they did not meet the examination criteria while Necta cancelled results for 405 candidates who were found cheating during the examination period.

One candidate had the results nullified for using abusive language on his Biology answer sheet, prompting Necta to apply section 5(13) of the examination policy which states that “Written responses to any examination which carry words, drawings or pictures connected to sex or abusive language in such a way it becomes offensive shall constitute examination offence and such a candidate shall be punished by the council.”

Ndalichako quoted section 6 (2) (a) of the same policy which says, “A candidate found to have committed an examination offence shall have his examination results nullified.”

SOURCE: GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY
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