Zambian Watchdog

Most pupils fail grade 12 but govt trying to avert announcing ‘disaster’

January 08
15:52 2013
By Watchdog Reporter
Only about 10,000 out of the 172,000 pupils who sat for the Examinations council of Zambia (ECZ) grade 12 examinations countrywide in 2012 have reportedly Passed Mathematics, and the failure has been attributed to the low morale among teachers following government’s failure to adequately increase teachers’ salaries and other conditions of service, but in a dramatic move the government has ordered the ECZ to moderate the pass mark 34% to 15% in an effort to paint a good picture of the deteriorating education standards in the country.
A source disclosed that the Mathematics marking exercise which ended on Saturday at the Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies (ZCAS) saw one of Zambia’s worst Mathematics results, and feared that soon after the marking exercise an emergency meeting was convened at which the disaster was declared but the government wants to impose that the pass rate be moderated in order to paint a better picture for themselves.
The source further disclosed that Zambia currently lies on the 14th log out of 15 on education standards in the southern African region. The log is topped by South Africa followed by Botswana and Malawi is said to be the least.
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