1 June 2013

Tanzania: Slight Rise in Form Six Pass Rate

THERE has been a slight increase in the pass level of the just released Form Six results from a percentage average of 87.19 in 2012 to 87.85 in 2013 with Kisimiri and Igowole secondary schools in Arusha and Iringa respectively making their maiden appearance in the top ten best performing schools.

The results also showed Marian Girls Secondary School having maintained its top position for schools with 30 candidates and more as was the case last year.

Announcing the results to journalists, the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA) Acting Executive Secretary, Dr Charles Msonde said that a total of 52,513 candidates had registered for the examinations and that 50,611 sat for the same.

"Of the 43,231 candidates who were registered, 42,952, equivalent to 99.35 per cent wrote the exams of which 13,883 were girls and 29,069 were boys and 279 didn't do the examinations," he said.

Kisimiri Secondary which came fifth in the top ten schools with 30 candidates' and more category is in Ngarenanyuki ward. It is the only co-educational special talents school at A level in Tanzania, which started in 1994 with student attending lessons under trees and in a dilapidated old estate buildings.

According to the results released by Dr Msonde, the subjects in which candidates performed best include History, Geography, English language, Chemistry, Biology, Agriculture, Computer Science, Economics and Accountancy.

Dr Msonde said that as compared to last year in terms of how candidates performed in different subjects, there was a massive drop in General Studies from 87.09 per cent to 38.53 per cent, followed by Physics from 70.58 per cent to 46.34 per cent in 2013.

"There was an encouraging increase in the performance in History from 92.86 per cent in 2012 to 97.33 per cent this year and the same in Geography from 92.40 in 2012 to 96.87 in 2013," he said.

The results showed that eight out of the 10 least performing schools originate from Pemba and Zanzibar, while Osward Mang'ombe Secondary School in Mara Region and Green Acres Secondary School in Dar es Salaam for schools with over 30 candidates are in the group.

Other schools that appeared on the top ten list with candidates below 30 candidates are Palloti Girls Secondary School in Singida, St James Seminary in Kilimanjaro, Parane Secondary School in Kilimanjaro, Sangiti Secondary School in Kilimanajaro, Itamba Secondary School in Njombe and Kibara Secondary School in Mara.

The top overall candidate for science subjects was Erasmi Inyanse of Ilboru Secondary School in Arusha doing Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics who also topped the best males' table while the best female candidate was Lucylight Mallya of Marian Girls in Coast Region doing Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Dr Msonde said that the best overall candidate in business subjects was Eric Mulogo of Tusiime in Dar es Salaam doing Economics, Commerce and Accountancy, while best female student was Alicia Filbert of Nganza in Mwanza and best male student was also Eric Mulogo.

"The best overall candidate for language and social science subjects was Asia Mti of Barbro-Johannsson in Dar es Salaam with History, Geography and Economics, who also topped the best top females table and Godlove Ngowo of Majengo in Kilimanjaro Region doing Economics, Geography and Mathematics," Dr Msonde said.

He said that there were 89 candidates whose results were withheld because of non- payments of school fees, while 10 failed to sit due to illnesses in some subjects and 17 failed to sit for the entire examination due to illnesses and four due to malpractice incidences.

Meanwhile, the Tanzania Teachers Association President, Mr Gratian Mukoba said that as Members of Parliament prepare to debate on the budget estimates of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, the wrangles between them and the government were still unresolved.

Mr Mukoba said that according to the last meeting with the government on May 25, this year, there was still a stalemate in the increase of salaries for teachers in that teachers had reduced their claim from 100 per cent to 65 per cent, but the government had only budged to 24 per cent.

"The government team who had come to the negotiation table said that their mandate only allowed them to bargain to 24 per cent and have asked for more time as they seek another mandate," he said. He said with regards to their proposal of increasing teaching allowances by 55 per cent for science subjects and 50 per cent for arts and a 30 per cent increase for teachers teaching under difficult conditions, the government hadn't made any move.

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