Sumbawanga — ABOUT 1,754 pupils, roughly 6.4 per cent of all the pupils from Rukwa and Katavi regions, failed to write their Standard VII National Examinations this year for various reasons including school dropouts.
The Rukwa Regional Academic Officer, Mr Michael Nzyungu, said this here on Thursday during an exclusive interview. Mr Nzyungu mentioned other reasons including truancy, pregnancy and death.
These children were among 27,452 pupils who were registered to sit for the examinations which were held between 19 and 20 September, this year. According to Mr Nzyungu, the pupils who failed to sit for their examinations among them are 710 girls and 899 boys.
Other pupils include 59 girls and 85 boys who are children of refugees living at Katumba and Mishamo refugee settlements in Mpanda District, Katavi Region. Mr Nzyungu said results this year were not impressive as the pass rate in all councils including Mpanda Town and Mpanda District (Katavi ) and Nkasi , Sumbawanga Municipality and Sumbawanga District has dropped to 26.3 per cent compared to 51.07 per cent pass scores last year.
He said that 26 children among them 11 are girls and 15 boys excelled their exams, but they were not chosen to join Form One early next year because they cannot read, write and count. According to statistics - 6,382 pupils - equivalent to 24.8 per cent, excelled their Class VII National Examinations and out of them girls were 2,251 and boys were 4,131.
Among them citizens were 23,125 and non- citizens 2,573. Mr Nzyungu explained further that 27 pupils were selected to join schools for talented children , 31 will join technical schools , 39 have been selected to join school with hostels while 6,272 were chosen to join Form One in 98 secondary schools in Rukwa and Katavi regions respectively.
The results show that among the 27,452 pupils who were registered to sit for Standard Seven National Examinations, girls were 13,349 while boys were 14,103 and those who succeeded to write their examinations were 25,698.