Most pupils fail grade 12 but govt trying to avert announcing ‘disaster’

By Watchdog Reporter
Only about 10,000 out of the 172,000 pupils who sat for the Examinations council of Zambia (ECZ) grade 12 examinations countrywide in 2012 have reportedly Passed Mathematics, and the failure has been attributed to the low morale among teachers following government’s failure to adequately increase teachers’ salaries and other conditions of service, but in a dramatic move the government has ordered the ECZ to moderate the pass mark 34% to 15% in an effort to paint a good picture of the deteriorating education standards in the country.
A source disclosed that the Mathematics marking exercise which ended on Saturday at the Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies (ZCAS) saw one of Zambia’s worst Mathematics results, and feared that soon after the marking exercise an emergency meeting was convened at which the disaster was declared but the government wants to impose that the pass rate be moderated in order to paint a better picture for themselves.
The source further disclosed that Zambia currently lies on the 14th log out of 15 on education standards in the southern African region. The log is topped by South Africa followed by Botswana and Malawi is said to be the least.
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132 Responses to "Most pupils fail grade 12 but govt trying to avert announcing ‘disaster’"

  1. AXON LUNGU   January 10, 2013 at 14:56

    The thing is that zambia made exams very horrifying to some of the candidates,the main badness here is that some teachers especialy at national schools release papers to the pupils who did not even work had in school hence ‘builting castles in the air’ rather than ‘calling a spade a spade’. Futher the government should do about the pupils who are very had working in school except they lacking good materials. Like,the government is busy building new schools while other schools are fading into ashes such as CHIWALA TECHNICAL.

  2. don phiri   January 10, 2013 at 14:18

    The problems is the Leakages that hte pupils are given starting from grade 9 instead of studing for grade 12 exam. They will find a leakage even then. Shame.

  3. concernd student   January 10, 2013 at 08:31

    in zambia you have made school to be so tough for us,so dnt blame the govmnt of the day abt the failure of our pupils.blame the union teachers of zambia,ecz n the mwadya mweka dady govt[mmd] 4mkn zambian pupils study 9 subjects.

  4. Ine   January 10, 2013 at 07:51

    People the blame game wont help any one, the issue that should be at hand is what is the way foward? I mean be it MMD or PF that are responssible for the cause the pupil have failed. And the examinations council should also take into consideration how they moderate these results how do honestly drop the pass mark to 15% thats pathetic if they do that do they mean they are going to put a distinction one at 50%? that is why most of the pupils who are said to have “passed” grade 12 flop out of university in the first semister, my other concern is the distribution of leakages in catholic and national technical high schools please get me right i am not trying to be skeptical about these schools or put up a platitude, but why should it be that these schools record 100% pass rate year after year? my son was at DKNTHS and he was telling me that they were told what was coming in their practical exams a week before the exams started, should we as a country be having such senarios? ECZ can you stand out and perform your duties.

  5. Headman Kagoli - Monze District   January 9, 2013 at 16:53

    Does it surprise anyone when our productivity levels as Zambians are so low? It all starts with our educational background and laziness!

  6. The Observer   January 9, 2013 at 14:16

    Besides the issue of morale of teachers, let us not ignore one other factor; the poor quality of teachers!

  7. trueth kunda   January 9, 2013 at 14:14

    doche kubeba has made them dull instead of studying they concentrate in being soccer fun and cadres

  8. GEN K   January 9, 2013 at 14:12


  9. GEN K   January 9, 2013 at 14:09


  10. GEN K   January 9, 2013 at 14:07


  11. Ngombe under oath   January 9, 2013 at 13:37


  12. owen   January 9, 2013 at 12:44

    If ite true then My sister is. One of thos that ve passed but if not,,then shez the best pupil!!!

  13. Dove   January 9, 2013 at 11:59

    I dont think so

  14. Socrates   January 9, 2013 at 11:43

    @MIKE WABWINO, I do not agree with you when you say Teachers are not teaching but busy building and buying cars. It is not wrong for one to build or buy a car.
    Teachers teach my bro,the failure is attributed to the human rights where a child does not pay attention and can not be punished. If you push that child to learn you then become a victim of human rights. So what we do as teachers is to teach those who their to learn,those who are not ready we accommodate them.
    Human rights and policy makers are the major contributes to that fact.

  15. amomi   January 9, 2013 at 11:16

    pipo pipo.. lets please wait for official results before we conclude.

  16. MOJO   January 9, 2013 at 11:09

    reduce the number of subjects to 4 for a full certificate.

  17. martin   January 9, 2013 at 10:41

    Okay pipo failed…we got it,but knowning the date we can actually get these same grades/results would be nice

  18. mama mwale   January 9, 2013 at 10:16

    Ba John Phiri, Lt the people and the President the true Ministry of education is too big/large. General education and science and vocation should be separated. how much money is the government saving by combing the two ministries? Tell the people about the lack of money for bursaries both in colleges and univesities and the poor grade 12 results. Tell us and remember dont eat with the devil by telling lies.

  19. Dogma   January 9, 2013 at 10:01

    Shame on us indeed…..FB and GAMEs day in day out….Children dont even study at all. Life is about having fun , hunging out etc

  20. chavuman   January 9, 2013 at 09:58

    most jounalists i knw failed dnt blame our children ure also a victim of failure

  21. b   January 9, 2013 at 09:52

    Please don’t post lies!!

  22. DK PLANET   January 9, 2013 at 09:34

    What type of moderation from 34% to 15% .that doest exist if it intends to put a good image.What of private schools where they also demotivated.just be ethical and I know soon my comment will be removed since you like pupils can fail cause all teachers where motivated.

  23. Reply   January 9, 2013 at 09:30

    PF at work

  24. Zed@crossroad   January 9, 2013 at 09:28

    And we expect to develop with this kind of results. More money needs to be invested in Education, Agric and Health if we are to achieve anything in our lifetime as a nation. It is not true that education can be lead properly without education.

  25. torreiantes   January 9, 2013 at 09:14

    Dats a lie man,plz cm up wit sum beta story as 4 dat 1 na,its a flop

  26. Mike wabwino   January 9, 2013 at 08:56

    Dr. John Phiri, the education minister, was a very good teacher. He was my History teacher in form 1. I don’t think he likes whats going on at the moment. Our education system is collapsed. Teachers don’t teacher. They are all busy looking for ways to make quick money, build houses and buy cars. Thats their pre-occupation these days. They are not called to account by higher authorities. No inspections – do we even have school inspectors these days???

  27. Kapila Chiko   January 9, 2013 at 08:53

    In South Africa, they also do MATHS LETRACEY. Is that what we are being compared to?

  28. TNT   January 9, 2013 at 08:23

    after all you can be a president in Zambia without the education, let alone mathematics.

  29. Kasumbwa   January 9, 2013 at 08:04

    Our educational system has broken down. This problems you see it in colleges of education. Lecturers are simply not good at handling mathematical subjects. Unfortunately it cannot be mended by the Standard 2 at State house.

  30. Karlito Dennie   January 9, 2013 at 08:00

    The kids do not care becoz they know tht higher learning institutions ar corrupt hence they wil find places regardless of their failure in any subjects.