THOUSANDS of primary school pupils who passed this year’s Standard Seven national examinations will not join secondary schools in January 2020 for lack of classrooms, the government confirmed yesterday.
Announcing the 2020 Form One selection in Dodoma, the Minister of State in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments) Suleiman Jafo said that 58,699 pupils, equivalent to 7.73 percent of those who passed exams, have not been selected.
He said that out of the non selected pupils 28,567 are boys and 30,132 girls.
Minister Jafo directed heads of regions and districts facing shortage of classrooms to complete construction of the remaining rooms by end of next February. He tasked regional and district administrative secretaries to ensure the directive is implemented accordingly for students to join Form One by March 2 next year.
The number of pupils who missed chances to join secondary school in Arusha are 4,739, Dar es Saalam (5,808), Iringa (3,480), Kigoma (12,092), Lindi (1,695), Manyara (728), Mara (9,493), Mbeya (2,716), Coast (2,918), Rukwa (686), Simiyu (6,616), Songwe (4,684) and Tanga (3,044).
“All the 58,699 students will join secondary school education early March next year after completion of the classes,” the minister declared.
He applauded 13 regions that have been able to select all eligible pupils to public secondary schools, listing them as Dodoma, Geita, Kagera ,Katavi, Kilimanjaro, Morogoro, Mtwara, Mwanza, Njombe, Ruvuma, Shinyanga, Singida and Tabora.
He however noted that a total of 701,038 pupils equivalent to 92.27 percent, (335,513 boys) and (365,525 girls) have been selected to join secondary schools.
“We have allocated schools for 81.3 percent of all the candidates. Of the number, 363,999 (47.9 percent) are girls and 395,738 (52.08 percent) boys," he said, noting that among the passed candidates, 1,461 are disabled (0.19 percent), of whom 777 are boys and 684 girls.
He cautioned school administrators and other civil servants to stop ordering students to pay any type of contributions since Tanzania implements a fee free education policy for both primary and secondary schools.
Announcing results of the 2019 Standard Seven primary school leaving examinations, National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA) Executive Secretary, Dr Charles Msonde said a total of 759,737 out of 933,369 examinees passed.
He said 395,738 of those who passed are girls, which is about 80.87 per cent of all the girls who sat for exams, whereas
363,998 are boys (77.72per cent of sitters) showing an improvement in performance by 3.78 per cent.
Dr Msonde said Kiswahili, English, Science and Social Studies showed improved pass marks ranging between 1.83 per cent and 6.86 percent compared to 2018 results. Performance in Mathematics dropped by 1.05 per cent compared to the previous year, he stated.
Kiswahili was the best performed subject with an average of 87.25 per cent pass rate whereas English recorded the least performance with an average of 53.21 per cent passes, he added.