5 March 2018

Zambia: Abolish Grade 7 Exams or Reform Structure - Chansa

The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) has insisted that grade 7 national examinations must be reformed or abolished by the Ministry of General Education.

NAQEZ Executive Director Aaron Chansa said grade 7 exams have ceased to perform diagnostic and evaluative functions as every candidate who seats for the particular exams makes it to grade 8 regardless of the marks obtained.

Chansa says the continuing with grade 7 examinations is currently a sheer waste of money and time.

"We propose that the Ministry of General Education must make G7 exams very competitive in order for the system to improve grade 8 intakes and for the nation to ultimately improve standards of Secondary Education. We strongly suggest that Cut- off points be re-introduced this year and grade 7 failures must be made to repeat the grade," Chansa stated.

He said the move will help promote competitiveness and excellence at grade 7 level, and make the exam a truly meaningful educational process.

"On the other hand, we welcome the scheduled re-opening of the University of Zambia on 11th March. We remain very hopeful that CBU and Nkrumah Universities will follow suit. We further plead with the Ministry of Higher Education to seriously and practically deal with the many critical administrative, financial, academic and infrastructural problems currently affecting our higher education sub-sector," Chansa added.

He said the quality of higher education in the country is now compromised due to the unending confusions in universities and colleges further adding that the country needs to invest resources in higher education in pursuing the vision 2030.

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