The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT) announced the national Standard Seven examination results yesterday, which indicate an increase in performance by 4.1 per cent – from 49.41 per cent last year to 53.51 in the current year.
Education and Vocational Training minister Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa said that a total of 478,912 pupils, equivalent to 53.51 per cent of all registered, had passed their examinations.
“A total of 222,094 girls, equivalent to 48.89 per cent, who sat for the examinations this year passed and 256,818 boys, equivalent to 59.02 per cent, also passed,” he said.
Dr Kawambwa also informed that 292 pupils with disabilities passed the examinations, among them, 184 are boys and 108 are girls.
“The 124 candidates out of those who sat for the examinations, including 77 girls and 47 boys, have their results withheld for misbehaving in the examination rooms,” he said.
According to Dr. Kawambwa, performance in the Kiswahili Language subject had increased from 69.08 per cent last year to 71.02 per cent this year and performance in the General Knowledge subject had increased from 59.46 per cent last year to 68.01 per cent this year.
Others are; English Language, whose performance increased from 35.44 per cent last year to 36.47 per cent this year; Mathematics from 20.69 per cent last year to 24.70 per cent this year; and Science from 53.41 to 56.05 per cent this year.
“Results in the English Language and Mathematics subjects are not encouraging compared to other subjects,” Dr. Kawambwa explained
Meanwhile, Dr Kawambwa announced that 456,350 – 211,696 girls and 244,654 boys – equivalent to 95.3 per cent of the pupils who passed their examinations, had been selected to join Form One in government schools.
He said the number of students selected to join secondary schools this year had increased by 2.3 per cent from 445,954 last year.
A total of 919,260 pupils sat for national Standard Seven national examinations on September 6 and 7, this year.