Sumbawanga — ACTING Sumbawanga District Commissioner, Mr Moshi Chang'a has expressed concerns over the poor Standard VII National Exams results held last year.
He said that the results have been a disgrace to the district and the region at large. According to Mr Chang'a, the pass rate has dropped nine times compared to 2011 results.
Mr Chang'a, who also doubles as the Kalambo District Commissioner, lamented about the poor results on Thursday when he was addressing parents and medical staff who turned out for the launching of the Rotavirus and Pneumococcal Immunisation Programme that was held at district level at Mazwi in Sumbawanga Municipality.
"Why should we always come last in everything we do? And it is not only in education but also in the health sector. "This is unacceptable, this is not just a setback in the education sector in the region but a humiliation to all of us here," he said.
According to the 2012 results, the pass rate in the region has dropped by 26.3 per cent, meaning that only 6, 384 pupils will now join Form I despite the fact the region has 8,008 places. "Almost 35 Secondary Schools out of 98 in the region failed to get enough students to fill all 40 places in Form One classes because of the poor results," he said.
The DC advised all leaders in the district and other stakeholders to meet and make concerted efforts to evaluate the situation and come up with strategic plans meant to improve education.