More than 57 000 children face uncertain future after failing grade 7

More than 57 000 children face uncertain future after failing to secure places into grade 8 for 2013.
Of the 337, 706 who sat for Grade seven examinations this year, just about 280,000 have been selected to grade Eight. This means that the more than 57 000 who could not secure places will either have to fight for places to repeat grade seven or completely drop out of school.
The more than 57 000 will join the others who did not show up for exams or the unknown thousands across the country who in the first place could not go to school for various reasons.
Education minister John Phiri Dr Phiri announced the results at the ministry headquarters in Lusaka on Friday.
According to the PF minister of education, these are wonderful results saying they represent a progression rate of 93.49 percent.
He also said a total number of 337 706 pupils entered for the grade Seven examinations and only 304, 429 pupils sat for the examinations.
He says Grade eight classes will open on January 14th 2013 with a grace period of two weeks.
According to Phiri, all the pupils who sat for the examination in Luapula, Eastern, Copperbelt Northwestern Central and western Provinces have been selected to grade 8.

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