Over 52,000 Form Six candidates yesterday began their final examinations in a closely monitored environment.
Speaking to The Guardian, National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA) Public Relations Officer (PRO) John Nchimbi, reported the smooth start of the finals that will see successful students move on to university through full government scholarship.
Nchimbi said that 43,309 students are School candidates, 29,291 of them are boys and 14,018 are girls, while 9,303 students are Private candidates who are 6,308 boys and 2,995 girls.
According to the NECTA spokesman, all schools in the country received and started the exams right on schedule and even the students were reportedly calm.
A survey by this paper in various secondary schools in Dar es Salaam city, supervisors, who preferred anonymity, also reported a smooth first day as ‘nothing out of the ordinary…no one caught cheating…nothing…” was the general consensus.
Among the surveyed secondary schools are as Shaaban Robert, Tambaza, Azania and Jangwani. David Sebe from Azania Secondary School and Abdillah Chembea from Tambaza Secondary school seconded the officials report saying all was well, no incidents.
Dar es Salaam region education officer Raymond Mapunda, said that at least 6,630 students from various schools are attending the exams in the city.
Last year’s finals for the Ordinary level (O-Level) Form Four exams were marred by reports of cheating, truancy and other forms of misconducts.
Last year six primary school head teachers in Kinondoni District, Dar es Salaam region, were expelled over scams linked to Standard Seven final examinations leakage…
The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training demoted 176 head teachers and two headmasters over involvement in cheating in examinations during the 2011 national Standard Seven (STD7) and Certificate of Secondary Education Examinations (CSEE).
Early this year the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) acknowledged that it is aware of cheating by some university students saying it has already formed a team to investigate the scam and come up with recommendations to stop the vice.