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

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

  1. People the maths papers leaked. So, it is not that there was no leakage and that is the reason for failure.
    We have this level of failure due to that grade 7 idiot we put in state house. Because of this, pupils are now thinking that even if they dont do well, they as well make it in life.

    mucay - January 9, 2013
    07:39

    • mucay pupils have been failing even before Sata was born-are you bitter that candidate lost elections?

      pilato - January 9, 2013
      12:36

  2. Agony is to find yourself a graduate without passing through the hands of kama primary teacher;-)

    The thinker. - January 9, 2013
    07:32

  3. Don’t blame the government BUT parents who have spoiled their children with computer games and movies day in day ou. I am sure that alleged 10,000 is from the rural areas where children concentrate on education…….shame to us parents.

    Simamba Tembo - January 9, 2013
    07:29

  4. It is a disaster government policies such as the swept the street, take them all, no cut of point. Over crowded classes . Negative attittude toward the subject. Too much human right causing displine to go down. Over exposure doing things beyond their age .lack of seriousnes . Leakage dependace . Too much activities in school such games natasi the learning calender is highly disturbed . Poor background from basic schools where no mathematics exist. This is a national problem let us just swallow our pride and change certain policies which are not helping us .concerned teacher.

    Chris - January 9, 2013
    05:37

  5. WHEN IS UR PRESIDENT GOIN TO SIT FOR HIS GRADE VII EXAMINATIONS ? CAN U FIND OUT FROM STATE HOUSE PERSONNEL RIGHT AWAY.

    James Callaghan - January 9, 2013
    05:34

  6. You are busy on watchdog just go and study as it is you are already failing… U think watch dog is going to make you pas… U guys are so illiterate if mum and dad are both dull how do you want the kids to be sharp…?? You all need to stay in school for the rest of your lives…

    sakkur - January 8, 2013
    23:07

    • You have just described yourself

      Bokoseni Mwale - January 9, 2013
      05:45

      • Is it true

        Wenye - January 9, 2013
        06:33

  7. Headline and the story differ. The impression one gets when he reads the headline is that all grade twelves that sat for the exams last year have failed the exam and yet the story is talking about maths. i cant blame yu as try to imitate the POST. Matero journalists.

    Triangle - January 8, 2013
    22:40

    • If you fail Maths, that is failing in total! There is not another way, they have failed, though I am not a Watchdog Politician!

      DC - January 9, 2013
      05:04

    • Tell us which course they will enter were they will not ask for Maths. Bazankhala ma PASTORS bonse

      NgomaZakwathu - January 9, 2013
      07:26

  8. PF is to blame for this because of their 90 days slogan.the pupils became complacent and lazy with their studies because PF promised them manna from heaven within 90 days

    zedian in arusha - January 8, 2013
    22:32

  9. This is what the 20 years MMD rot has done to the country.

    obed - January 8, 2013
    22:30

  10. Education is the most important thing and if it fails the future looks dark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anonymous - January 8, 2013
    22:08

  11. even if they all failed, this government is not worried much, afterall even a grade 7 can become head of state! but zambians are not serious pipo…just how can u do that?

    masamu nibisiketi - January 8, 2013
    21:54

  12. The results are okay as they were no leakages.viva pf viva mr sata as you stump out leakages nothing on a silver platter pf 4 life.

    Jobless Pf cadre - January 8, 2013
    21:51

  13. what ever people may say,the education system has gone down, you cant have a class of 140 pupils instead of 40, how does a teacher indetify a weak pupil and give him or her personalise attention?

    bashi dr economist - January 8, 2013
    21:45

  14. This is very sad indeed!Well the PF government needs to address this issue seriously. They need to attract bright graduates to the profession by paying the teachers at least K6000 plus bonus if at least 60% of their students pass STEM (science Technology,Engineering and Mathematics)subjects. Apart from that teachers need good decent housing and loan facilities to help them buy furniture and cars. Do you seriously expect a teacher from kalingalinga to teach maths with all the motivation required?-never. Above all a robust monitoring system needs to put in place to make sure effective teaching and learning is taking place.

    These kind of measures, I can guarantee will bring back most brilliant teachers scattered across southern Africa and the world.

    Wanzelu - January 8, 2013
    21:19

  15. repeat of 1983 results when sylabus D was just introduced. those who got grade 7 pass mark were genus.

    chipasa 'inge' - January 8, 2013
    21:16

  16. Kekekeke, maths oh find x. Kekekeke

    Nigga Sata - January 8, 2013
    20:46

  17. 10000 out of 172000 can no be declared a disasta.what are u sayng?

    Chikundula - January 8, 2013
    20:24

    • What is it if not a disaster? Are you also a failure in mathematics? This is merely 13.8% .Now 13 percent is what you think is ok?

      Black Bull - January 8, 2013
      21:42

  18. Don’t dare blame teachers or government, blame parents and pupils. When I was at school, we had alot of strikes by teachers but we kept on passing. When did you as a parent check your children books. you too are busy with watchdog, Facebook, and twitter as your children. Today all the girls who are above 14 years have sex mates, shame to mother Zambia. Confiscate the 4ns you bought for your children.

    hyves - January 8, 2013
    20:08

  19. Will someone when the final results are released analyse the province performance of grade 12 and compare with the voting pattern

    Profiler - January 8, 2013
    19:41

    • good point

      pompolyongo k - January 8, 2013
      21:18

  20. i need to get the statistics right before i can comment. Editor, please, please how many pupils failed mathematics?

    stakeholder - January 8, 2013
    19:40

  21. What are you saying? Your story is poorly written,did you pass english?

    Muunga a matwi abacizakala - January 8, 2013
    19:32

  22. Because they had no leakage, thats what we want, these children and teacher are becoming lazy becouse they always think of leakages. Let teachers and pupils use there brains and rescue themselves from this shame. Viva pf, viva ecz.

    Kalembe kafyuke - January 8, 2013
    19:23

    • Kalembe are you a civil servant? If not even here, Please don,t comment on issues you least understand; if you force us too much, we will speak.

      We the People - January 8, 2013
      20:28

    • Beacuase all these fools do is watch TV and want to be like music star.Not suprised that most of them have failed.

      The Urgly truth - January 8, 2013
      22:28

  23. Govt, pay teachers their recruitment and rentention allowance especially to the dwindling number of graduates in maths and science without delay.true graduate!

    Kandolo - January 8, 2013
    18:55

  24. SPECIAL 1951 AND SHAMS SERIOUS TEACHING ENDS IN TERM TWO FOR BOTH EXM AND NON EXAM CLASSES. WHEN PF CAME INTO POWER ATTENTION WAS PAID TO GRADE 12S THESE PPS WHO HAVE FAILED JUST LEARNT IN TERM & TWO 2012 TERM THREE THEY START EXAMS IN OCTOBER. VIST ANY SCHOOL OF CHOICE AND CHECK MATHS,SCIENCE,BIOLOGY & GEOG START 2010 WHEN PF WAS NOT IN POWER GO DOWN WARDS.FRIENDS THE PROBLEM IS OUR PRIMARY SCHOOLS MORE THAN HALF OF PUPILS WHO GO TO GRADE 10 ARE BELOW THE MINIMUM/ REQUIRED STANDARD THIS WAS NOT THE CASE WITH THOSE WHO DID ZPC. THE PROBLEM IS WITH ZBEC,ZATEC,NBTL AND STEP UP ZAMBIA THESE PROGRAMS ARE BROT INTO ZAMBIA BY THOSE WHO ARE HIGHLY EDUCATED POLITICIAN JUST IMPLEMENT WHAT IS RECOMENDED BE PS NOT PF

    kayula - January 8, 2013
    18:48

  25. Or are you saying it is 100 000 who failed? Seriousness of a govt affects pupils performance in schools. Look, during Mwanawasa pupils were more focussed on education. PF spirit is not strong on education. Just look at appointments; from secretary to ambassador, from grade 7 to Board Chairman. How do you expect such appoiments to encourage a grade 12 pupil? Never! And the low calibre PF cant understand this.

    bufi - January 8, 2013
    18:30

    • consider my dear brother that lpm was a graduate, but cnp who never even reached secondary can never appreciate the value of education

      suggestor - January 8, 2013
      19:09

    • So this gvt has become a disaster in all sectors of life.eg look at hearlthy,agriculture food and fisheries,mining, transport and now education. Even our social life is nolonger fine. What type of rubbish is this.

      tonto - January 8, 2013
      20:58

  26. the reason for this is simple low investment in education by not only pf but previous administrations as well….

    Likman666 - January 8, 2013
    18:28

    • Iwee do nt blame the previous administration becoz our children did beta than what i have jst read.Its all abt pf nw

      Donchi kubeba - January 8, 2013
      21:26

  27. The examiners are BITTER.

    Kays - January 8, 2013
    18:25

  28. Send the scripts to state house for Ukwa to remark!

    The examiners are BITTER!

    Kays - January 8, 2013
    18:25

  29. Editor, please correct this story. It is mathematically out of context.

    bufi - January 8, 2013
    18:25

    • You idiot called bufi, can you go to ECZ and verify for yourself, do you think ZWD writes on unresearched matters? So you are PF and instead of advising your michael government to jack up standards you are disputing. Viva ZWD, Viva free media.Have you ever heard John Phiri say anything substantial about education at any function/occassion?

      Dynamite - January 8, 2013
      19:38

  30. ECZ wants to rebase the results

    SURPRISER - January 8, 2013
    18:14

  31. Its wht we see nd talk abt. Parents play yo role, trs do the same nd so govrnmt help da trs. Its not money tht motivate trs pipo of God, better things re still untap wth govrnmt. Understand tht maths z not fo every1 hence such vry waste results. Pupils who re said living in da computer era cant even use a simple device @ their desposal, wht more if thy gve them logathrem books we used be! Shame. Let thm love sch nd compete among thmselvs fo a better cryd fo stdz of educ. Shame!

    Muzyamba belemu - January 8, 2013
    17:49

  32. QUALITY Control at its best. Most of these lazy children now rely on LEAKAGES. Well done PF

    Akamunofu Kalowa - January 8, 2013
    17:44

    • Its amasing how people behave. A child is impregnanted the blame is PF, A child gets drunk its PF, A child does know how to write but is in grade 7 who to blame? PF, A man leaves wife for a prostitute blame? PF, A child is born with a palsy? Blame PF.
      The list is endless

      edward - January 8, 2013
      18:06

      • PF is responsible for all the bad things in this country. Oh and you left out the gruesome murders in the country.

        zambia - January 8, 2013
        20:15

      • Did you just write “amasing” instead of “amazing”? Are you Bemba?

        Bokoseni Mwale - January 8, 2013
        20:46

      • Well said Edward

        Akamunofu Kalowa - January 8, 2013
        20:47

      • Tell them that the number of students have been rebased. Its actually 100,000.
        That is why the pass mark has to be rebased. Just an oversight!!! Kekekekeekeek

        human - January 8, 2013
        21:25

        • It now makes sense.

          One Zambia One Nation - January 9, 2013
          10:25

  33. Yes,spot on people.Chaps are dull these days.These tools phones,computers etc,are not helping at all.We are producing chaff i say.Thats why our so called learned engineers cant even do simple roads mwebantu please pa zed.what a nation we have become.Its a shame,a big shame.

    Kanyika - January 8, 2013
    17:44

  34. Sex,facebook n wanting things on a silver plate without hard work is what is destroying us as pupils. Skul is nolonger our priority. Shame on ourselves.

    Wait and see - January 8, 2013
    17:38

    • Well spoken Pupil, when we were in school we had scenarios where people with 16 point and below were considered the best and enrolled into UNZA. Despite all that we made it but we now have uncountable 6 points yet they are flopping in tertiary institutions of learning

      Shotist - January 8, 2013
      17:56

    • very true

      chuulu - January 8, 2013
      18:25

    • do always think about sex wen in class or you are saying sex is done all day long nowodays?

      Bamwine - January 8, 2013
      19:13

      • FACEBOOK
        ALCOHOL
        SEX
        PHONES
        LATEST FASHON
        FAKE CELEBRITY LIFE STYLE
        MUSIC
        CLUBING(HOLLYHOOD,101,BREAKPOINT)FOR LSK
        HUNG AROUND SHOPPING MALLS ON WEEKENDS
        LEAKAGES
        NO PUNISHMENT FOR MISSING CLASSES OR MISSING WRTTING AN END OF YEAR TEST
        COMPETTING WITH TEACHER(BLING BLING)
        NO AMBITION IN LIFE
        LAZINESS
        SPOON FEEDING
        LACK OF CAREER GUIDANCE IN SCHOOLS
        TEACHERS WHO NOT SERIOUS WITH WORK BUT JUST WANT SEX FROM PUPILS
        THE above is contributting to low pass rate

        School head girl - January 9, 2013
        14:11

  35. PF CAME IN POWER IN SEPTMBER 2011 THATS WHEN THSES GRADE 12 HAD REMAINED WITH TWO TREMS TO WRITE THE EXAMS. FURTHER MORE PUPILS HAVE BEEN FAILING MATHS, SCIENCE,BIOLOGY AND GEOG B4 PF WAS BORN. FOR THESE RESULTS PF IS INOCENT LETS BLAME PARENTS, PUPILS AND THE PREVIOUS ADMIN. WAY FORWARD RETRAIN PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS USING ZPC COURSE. THINGS IN EDUCATION BECAME BAD WHEN GOVT INTRODUCED ZBEC,ZATEC,NBTL. LETS GO BACK TO ZCPC

    kayula - January 8, 2013
    17:26

    • Kayula, clearly which ever year you sat your maths exams you also failed! You are talking about grade 12′s of 2011 and then you add 2 terms and you deduce that these are the results that are being reported on in 2013??

      Anyway, I agree with you though that there has been and will always be failures in schools but the issue is the comparison of the failure rates!!! PF is in power now and the buck stops with them for results in their rule – period.

      Now go and rewrite your maths!!

      Special1951 - January 8, 2013
      17:41

      • For sure the fellow need to go n rewrite their maths, it could probably be a kama confused primary school teacher really out of context, how would pupils pass honestly if th kama teacher is so confused?

        LEARNED - January 8, 2013
        18:47

        • @ learned you have made my day, ati, “kama confused primary school teacher really out of context”

          muye - January 8, 2013
          23:46

    • my friend the government has been in power for over a year, what two terms are you talking about?

      B Shams - January 8, 2013
      17:41

    • most of u pf are academic failures who cant even do simple arithematic, pf has been in power for over a yr and overseen two grade 12 results

      suggestor - January 8, 2013
      19:14

    • Why blame parents you fools.My mum and dad never went to school and never helped me with work but I excelled.Lets have these results published in the papers and you will discover that the majority failures are from Muchimga Northen and Luapula provinces. Fikopo!!.

      wajimona - January 8, 2013
      23:51

      • Iwe You are a chipuba stop been tribal mwana wa nfiti iwe

        Mushota's dog - January 9, 2013
        05:52

  36. In a country with such little or no intelligent logic going on, how can you expect the population to pass MATHEMATICS which relies on high levels of intelligent logic. First of all, you cannot expect a society that votes into power a person like Sata to pass Mathematics. It is all written in Zambian genes. Stop blaming the teachers.

    Mbafu - January 8, 2013
    17:26

    • your comments = f(Low self esteem, self hatred)

      Kamanga - January 8, 2013
      17:39

      • no he is actually spot on, the truth hates, zambia is probably the only country on earth that can vote for a person like sata, no intelligent person worth their salt can do that

        suggestor - January 8, 2013
        19:16

  37. Ni facebook fye ta kwaba nafimbi

    kopala 1 - January 8, 2013
    17:17

  38. Mr. Editor kindly clarify the statistics you are highlighting in this article….did you mean to say only 10,000 out of 172,000 students have passed?? Because the way your article reads, the suggestion is that only 10,000 failed out of 172,000 (less than 65%) so where is the disaster then? . When reporting, it’s important to proof check because such misleading statements cause alarm and opinionation amongst the masses. I am no PF fan but let’s not vilify them using wrong facts. Please set the record straight on this one. We await

    Special1951 - January 8, 2013
    17:05

    • Sorry meant less than 6%

      Special1951 - January 8, 2013
      17:06

      • Hehehe specialist himself also does not proof read even his own comment, what more if he wrote the whole article. Bu champion bwabufi

        Polepole - January 8, 2013
        19:49

  39. Kikikhikikikiki, i had a feeling ths wl hapen. Its nt the teachers to blame. Pupils nwdays drink, sleep around, they go clubing, always on face book & just never concetrate. Hw do u expect a girl who had sex the whole 9t conctrte in class.

    Mutombu Kabunji - January 8, 2013
    16:53

  40. Don’t kubeba.

    silu ni silu - January 8, 2013
    16:49

  41. Fya kula ponafye ififine. Lyonse kula fwayafye leakage. give us what we deserve and the job will be done. Moderating is not a solution because results will still show when they get to college and universities. No wonder they all rush for Social Work.

    Mr. Teacher - January 8, 2013
    16:39

    • there is nothing wrong with aspiring to be a social worker. Such professions are among some coveted for in developed world. So please do not undermine any course

      chuulu - January 8, 2013
      18:29

    • Mr teacher there is also mathematics involved in social work when one is doing research and empirical evidence is required so whether one likes it or not they will have to come across calculations. So stop demeaning this noble profession. In the western world it is greatly appreciated and is found in many important disciplines such as law,politics,medicine etc

      Mushota's dog - January 9, 2013
      06:00

    • Iwe Mr.Teacher dnt be a fool ayi.. Dont you knw that in social work there is research and at some point u will hv to bring in math to provide so emperical data? Donch ukulanda ifintu if u no nothing.

      Analume - January 9, 2013
      07:48

  42. Let’s see them it’s so sad for them.

    prob - January 8, 2013
    16:37

  43. Linking top secret in the name of checks and balance, nowonder one mp is pending expulsion. Such are the issues. Anywhere i stopped beliving Zwdogs since 2011,at this pace i see a bitter opposition trying to sale zambia to the enemy in the name of checks and balance

    given muntinta - January 8, 2013
    16:27

    • Your results at grade four were over moderated that’s why you failed to go any further in your education!! Just check your spellings. Did you do any mental spellings in grade one? Go back to school.

      Koonje Bred - January 9, 2013
      13:39

  44. Misleading story.Firstly, moderation is not a new thing at Grade 12.It has always been there.Secondly,some subjects,like English,are still being marked.How can results be announced now?

    Shi Mapuli - January 8, 2013
    16:27

    • Please think outside the box, otherwise you will not understand simple things. These are Maths results only, not overall results by the way.

      Bob - January 8, 2013
      16:33

    • These are Maths results, how does English come in? Even if moderation is there, the pass % shows depicts perfomance. You should be a teacher and a dull one! No wonder pupils are failing. You are not different from Ukwa, Ubukopo idiot!

      Fringstone - January 8, 2013
      16:40

      • WAMUSYANAKO SHI MAPULI CIWELEWELE CAMUNTU WECIPUNSYAWE, IS ONE OF THOSE DAFT TEACHERS WHO ARE SPOILING OUR CHILDREN, RUBBISH THINKING CHI SHI MAPULI.

        Zambitious - January 8, 2013
        17:10

      • You are very dull and an idiot.Cant you see that the foolish article suggests that the govt is delaying announcing the results due to failure.When did you have G12 results being announced subject by subject.Foolish Idiot.Your results must have been overmoderated.

        Shi Mapuli - January 8, 2013
        17:29

        • Iwe mafya fiticha fya kachasu ifi, its nt abt anouncing 1by 1.its abt markng 1subject n discusng the results.

          Jsm - January 8, 2013
          18:27

    • Maths iwe,are you a PF conductor?

      last ngoni - January 8, 2013
      17:00

  45. Let them declare a disaster. The problem with PF is that they want to paint a good name for the government when they are not doing anything. All they do is how to remove others from cabinet and replace them with their puppets. This is bullshit of the highest order.

    The Analyst - January 8, 2013
    16:22

  46. lets wait n see

    tj - January 8, 2013
    16:18

  47. Dont blame govt,its the pupils themselves who are just dull.they concentrate much on sex and alcohol instead of book.we were passing maths in the olden days without calculators.now them with calculators at there disposal they are failing,dull chaps

    Mr Kiss - January 8, 2013
    16:13

    • For once Mr Kiss i agree with you, too much ma hipster And Nkopoza ( dullness) they think money grows from trees with the tuma smart phones provided by the parents.In My house my kids will have to work for whatever little luxuries because free hand promotes laziness and irresponsibility.Also the parents who refuse to accept that their kids have defects that need to be corrected from the home front and the parents refuse to acknowledge these deficiencies

      Mushota's dog - January 8, 2013
      16:41

  48. Yep, this sounds true. Ever wondered why certain provinces were said to have recorded a 100% pass rate at Grade 7. It’s actually a useless delusional and myopic tactic started by the MMD government.Our education system is rotten.

    Fitiball - January 8, 2013
    16:11

  49. Pupils of today are ever on Facebook,they are hooked to computer games,they ever have headphones on and never listen to anybody .Teachers put in their level best.

    Robin - January 8, 2013
    16:10

    • Correct observations.

      Honest - January 8, 2013
      16:29

      • indeed thats true

        Why Tongas? - January 8, 2013
        16:40

        • HOW MANY PUPILS HAVE AN ACCESS TO INTERNET OR COMPUTER. SAY SOMETHING ELSE SHALLOW MINDED ROBIN!

          Zambitious - January 8, 2013
          17:00

          • I think you are the one who is actually very shallow minded!

            One Zambia One Nation - January 9, 2013
            10:10

          • Yes @ Zambitious you are shallow minded for why should you dispute the truth. You are not even a teacher save a PTA member of a school to portray your ignorance on an important fora as this . Wake up man to reality. While this may not be the only reason, there are others as well.

            Koonje Bred - January 9, 2013
            13:29

    • I agree with you because G12 is very manageable and simple. i managed 8 distinctions with 7 at grade 1 without leakage i no what iam talking about. Let them fail without any moderations they should be serious

      Jell - January 8, 2013
      17:30

    • video games have nothing to do with bukopo. infact some video games stimulate the brain, hence increasing intelligence. note am not promoting videogames or facebook, it depends the extent how you use game. i have distinctions but i also play video say?

      dr dre - January 8, 2013
      19:45

  50. Do we bury our heads in the proverbial sand and call a spoon a small spade? Or do we face up to reality, assessing our education system to find out what went wrong so measures are put in place to allow for improved education delivery?

    Child of the Sky - January 8, 2013
    15:58