31 December 2012

Tanzania: Thousands Pass Standard Seven Exams But...

Photo: The East African
Arusha has reported a total number of 5,400 drop-out cases (file photo).

Arusha — THE number of potential students from Arusha Region who are expected to join secondary schools in January 2013, will be the lowest in three years.

A report from the Arusha Regional Administrative Office indicates that a total of 26,464 Standard Seven pupils who sat the final Primary Level Examinations in 2012, excelled but those who have been selected to continue with Secondary Education in 2013 is just 19,626.

Last year's regional examination results sent a total of 30,300 candidates to secondary schools in 2012 while the year before that managed to have 23,374 students being enrolled in secondary schools.

The small number of pupils joining higher level of education also reflected in the 2012 primary school exam performances in which Arusha did badly compared to the situation in the previous two years.

While 26,464 pupils passed the 2012 exams and considered potential secondary school material for 2013, last year (2011), the best candidates were 30,732 while in the previous year (2010) the number was still higher at 28,160.

Arusha City will be sending the highest number of students (6,259) to secondary school, followed by Arusha-Rural District with 3,919 students and Meru District with 3,818 students in the third position. Other 2013 secondary school students will be coming from Karatu District (3,170), Monduli (1,087), Ngorongoro (782) and Longido (591).

The number of students who will be continuing with secondary education from the coming 2013, accounts for 74.2 per cent of the total number of candidates who passed the exams. Apparently, despite performing well in the tests, nearly 6,840 other potential pupils will be left out.

Last year only 460 pupils who passed the Class Seven Exams, missed vacancies to join secondary schools while in the year previous to that, 4,786 were left out from enrollments. This year's number, which stands at 6,838, is rather too big and has sent regional officials scratching their heads over what to do with such an astounding figure.

Few, as it usually happens, will be absorbed in a number of vocational and technical training institutes, but the majority will add to the ever growing number of jobless youths.

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