Girls have outshined boys – the second time running from the last exams — in snatching top positions in the 2013 Form Four examination results released yesterday.
A total of seven girls made it to the top ten best candidates in the November, 2013 exam. Marian Girls in Coast region have produced four candidates in that category as St Francis Girls of Mbeya region follows with two candidates.
Kaizirege Boys in Kagera also have two boys on the top ten ‘honours’ list. Both Anne Marie and Canossa of Dar es Salaam produced one each.
The St. Francis girls secondary school of Mbeya has maintained the lead in the 2013 national form four examination, beating other schools for three years in a row.
Other Schools in the same category include Marian Boys of Coast region, Feza Girls of Dar es Salaam and Precious Blood of Arusha and Canossa of Dar es Salaam.
Others in the same category of schools with over 40 candidates are Marian Girls, (Coast), Anwarite Girls ( Kilimanjaro), Abbey (Mtwara) Rosmini(Tanga) and Don Bosco Seminary (Iringa).
However, the 2013 examination results released yesterday have come with an increased pass rate compared to the 2012 results.
At least 235,227, equivalent to 58 per cent of candidates who sat the examinations, passed compared to the last examination’s (2012) 48 percent pass mark.
Some 74,324 candidates, equivalent to 21.09 per cent, came out with between divisions One to Three. At least 47,101 boys and 27,113 girls got divisions One to Three.
Announcing the 2013 results, acting Executive Secretary, Dr Charles Msonde said the trend had continued with private schools outperforming public schools in last year’s exams.
He said a total of 427,679 candidates registered for the examination — 199,123 (46.56 per cent) being girls and 228,565(53.44 per cent ) boys.
Some 404,083, equivalent to 94.48 percent of the registered candidates, sat the examinations in November last year – but 23, 596 or 5.552 per cent missed it.
Another 18,217 of the candidates registered for the examination through qualifying test, 60, 516 others were private candidates. There were also 367,163 school registered for the exam but only 51,469, or 96.04 percent sat the examination. Some 162,412(96.07%) girls and 190,202 (96.01%) boys sat for the examination.
According to the acting executive secretary, there were reduced cases of irregularities as only 272 candidates had their results canceled in 2013 compared to 789 cases witnessed in 2012.
“The examination council sincerely thanks examination committees at regional and district levels as well as teachers who supervised the exam for good the work done,” he said, adding they should maintain it.
He said the council has withheld results for 31,518 candidates whose schools did not pay examination fee; 23 candidates fell sick and could not sit all the papers, though they will have the opportunity to sit the specific subjects in 2014 national examination.
Some 61 of the 272 candidates whose results were cancelled were found with notes in examination rooms, 171 had similar answers as other four entered examination rooms with mobile phones.
Some nine candidates had results cancelled for either having some people write exams for them or copied from others candidates. 13 other candidates had different hand writings or used different sheets for the same exam while others were caught trying to cheat.
The examination council in accordance with section 6(2)(a) of the examination regulations, also cancelled results for ten candidates who used abusive language on the answer sheets.
The results show that 151,187 (42.91 percent) candidates out of 404,083 candidates sat for the national examinations scoring division zero where by 78,950 (41.54 percent) being boys and 72,237(44.51percent) being girls.
He said the statistics show that the pass mark in all subjects had increased from 0.61 percent and 16.72 percent compared to 2012 results whereby candidates performed more on Kiswahili subject for 67.77 percent and only 17.78 sat for the Basic Mathematics passed in a low rate.
However, the history shows that more than 65 percent of Tanzanian students failed the 2012 Form Four examinations, the worst result in history, prompting the government to form a temporary inquiry commission.
Only 126,851 passed the examination out of the 397,132 who attempted – a mere 43.8 per cent. In 2011, 53.6 percent passed, and 50.4 percent in 2010.
However, that spurred President Jakaya Kikwete tasked Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda to form an inquiry commission to find whether the meagre results were due to poor performing teachers, overly technical tests or uncommitted students.
Saint Francis girls in Mbeya was the best performing school followed by Marian Boys secondary school and Feza Boys secondary school of coast and Dar es salaam.
It shows that 2012 year recorded massive failures with 240,903 out of 397,136 candidates scoring division zero.