NECTA Executive Secretary, Dr Charles Msonde

NECTA Executive Secretary, Dr Charles Msonde

Speaking to journalists, NECTA Executive Secretary, Dr Charles Msonde, however, said while the increase is commendable, approximately 30,000 students will repeat Form Two for failure to attain good results in the examination.

?This increase is testimony that government efforts in improving education through the Big Results Now (BRN) initiative are starting to bear fruits.

However, there is noted poor performance in science subjects and deliberate efforts are needed to change the trend,? he said. Dr Msonde said that of the 453,191 candidates that sat for the examination, 375,434 had attained the required marks to progress to Form Three.

?For the year 2013, students who attained the required marks to progress to Form Three were 422,446 equivalent to 89.3 per cent out of 472,833 which and when compared to these results there is improvement,? he said.

Dr Msonde said that of those who will be progressing to Form Three, 195,328 are girls and 180,106 are boys, adding that a total of 180,965 students obtained good grades in distinction, merit and credit categories.

He said that students performed best in Civics, History, Kiswahili and English Language by over 80 per cent and that other good results were seen in Geography, Biology and Book Keeping between 50 and 70 per cent.

?The subjects that students performed poorly were Basic Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Agricultural Science and Commerce which was below 50 per cent.

History has passed highest by 90.7 per cent and Basic Mathematics was least passed with 18.1 per cent among those who sat for them,? he explained.

Dr Msonde said that in spite of Basic Mathematics having been poorly performed, there were nine students who got 100 per cent from a total of 53 from different subjects.

Other subjects that had 100 per cent pass mark included English Language (41), Biology (1), Civics (1) and Book Keeping (1). Dr Msonde used the opportunity to call upon teachers and students to increase efforts to attain better results.

Last year NECTA announced the government?sAccording to the Glossary of Education Forum website, GPA is a number representing the average value of the accumulated final grades earned in courses over timedecision to adopt the use of the grade point average (GPA) over the total point grading system in calculating the average grade earned by a student.

Dr Msonde was quoted as saying that at the moment there are many people particularly in rural areas who don?t understand the grading system and that the GPA system will clear the air.

?The system that was used in the last examinations spelt that the lower the points, the higher the performance and this has confused many people. Starting from the forthcoming mock and Form Four exams, we will start using GPA,? he said.

According to the Glossary of Education Forum website, GPA is a number representing the average value of the accumulated final grades earned in courses over time.

More commonly called a GPA, a student?s grade point average is calculated by adding up all accumulated final grades and dividing that figure by the number of grades awarded.

By MASEMBE TAMBWE, Tanzania Daily News

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