By Simon Liseli
MAKANGA Combined School has scored hundred percent pass in the just ended Junior Secondary Certificate exams for Grade 10 learners in Zambezi region for 2017.
This was revealed during the end of the year press conference by the Zambezi Education, Arts and Culture Regional Director Mr. Austin Samupwa.
Makanga Combined School is a remote school located about 50 kilometers away Katima Mulilo, achieved a 100 percent pass rate which gave special recognition for good work done in 2017 JSC exams.
Mr. Samupwa officially released results of Zambezi region on Thursday December 21, 2017 for Junior Secondary Certificate (JCS) grade 10 and grade 12 higher levels at his office.
The region registered 2620 grade 10 JSC learners for the academic year 2017 of which 1459 qualified for grade 11 next year 2018, which is an attainment of 56% pass rate and one of the top performers country-wide among learners who qualified to grade 11.
“This pass rate of 56% is higher than the national average of 55% which is a recommendable job by the teaching and support staff of this directorate including various stakeholders” commended Mr. Samupwa.
Last year the region obtained 59% pass rate and has dropped with 3%. It is imperative however to similarly note that the number of learners who took the examination this year is greater than that of last year as the learners increased to 2620 compared to 1336 in 2016, an increase of 9,2%.
Makanga combined School achieved 100% pass rate and other 23 schools achieved over and above regional target of 65%, 14 schools achieved between 50% and 65%. 38 schools out of 55 achieved above 50% pass rate and 17 schools performed below 50% Sauzuo Combined School being the lowest with 19% pass rate.
Commenting on grade 12 higher level results, the region registered 1793 learners and 8 learners did not write examination due to various reasons and 1785 are being accounted of which 1702 passed representing 95% pass rate and 83 learners were ungraded that puts fair rate to 4.65%. It is however that these results will be combined with the NSSC ordinary level that is expected next month to determine whether learners will qualify for admission to tertiary institutions.
“At NSSC higher level we have expanded the program to more schools as we introduced additional subjects” he added.
Director Samupwa announced that there will be schools and regional office managers meeting on January 8, 2018 that is intended to do a thorough and serious retrospection to determine and set targets for 2018 and it also launch regional strategies to improve results of the year as it has been done previously.
“I pay respect to our regional governor, regional council, regional staff, school staff, parents and all our important stakeholders for their input in this year’s result, may we work together again in 2018 academic year” he concluded.