Addis Ababa — The Organization for National Examinations announced last week that the results of this year's Ethiopian School Leaving Examination (ESLCE) were lower than last year, but far better than what it was the year before that.
Ato Tezazu, the organization's general manager, told The Reporter that his organization had heard rumours that this year's results were bad and new grading systems had been used. "We haven't changed the grading system and it is only common that results fluctuate from year to year," he said.
"In 1996/97, the number of students that scored 2.0 and above were 39% of the total and in 1997/98 the figure was 50%. This year, the figure is less than the previous year by 1,992."
Ato Endale Shewangizaw, representative of the Examination Preparation and Coordination, said on his part that it was not fair to compare the performances this year and last year as the students and the exams were not the same.
"The fact that students are not able to fill examination forms properly remains to be a major problem," said Dr. Woubshet Shiferaw, Examination Administration and Coordination Head. "More than a million birr worth of effort was exerted to orient students with the examination system. However, this years' performance was the worst."
Weeks after this year's results were announced officially, many are still heard saying that this year's performance is exceptionally poor.
The Tikur Anbessa School administration said the number of students who scored 2.80 and above has decreased by 50%, while St. Joseph's School said it was satisfied with the performance of its students. The school administration said that, out of the 89 students who sat for the examination, 80 have managed to score 2.80 and above, making it the best performing school in the country.