OUT of 124, 780 who sat for the General certificate of education (GCE) examination in July 2016, a total of 108, 595 have obtained GCE certificates, General Education permanent secretary Henry Tukombe has disclosed.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Tukombe said out of the candidates that obtained GCE certificates, 37, 050 representing 34.12% were male and 17, 545 represents 65.88% were female, stating that there was an increase in the proportion of candidates that obtained GCE certificates from 90. 38% recorded in 2015 to 92.91 in 2016.
Mr Tukombe said 43, 070 were registered male candidates and 81, 710 were females who represented an increase of 65.5% compared to males 34 .5% and noted that there was poorest performance in Mathematics and Science.
“This represented an increase of 18.60 % from the 2015 GCE examination where 105, 208 candidates entered the examination, of whom 36, 259 were male and 68, 949 were female.
“124,780 were registered candidates, 116,883 (93.67%) sat for the examination, of whom 77, 291(66.13%) were female while 39, 592(33.87% were male. There were more female candidates who sat for the GCE than male candidates,” he said.
Mr Tukombe also said a total of 7, 897 candidates were absent from the examination, of whom 4, 419 were female and 3, 478 were males which represented an absenteeism rate of 6.33% which is a decrease from 9.67 % recorded in the 2015 GCE examination.
He said no any cases of malpractice were reported during the 2016 GCE examination period.
A total of 186 suspected cases of examination malpractices were recorded mainly on the form of assistance.
Mr Tukombe said the results for the affected candidates have been withheld and would be presented to the relevant committee of the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) for resolutions, adding that the ministry would continue to work tirelessly with various stakeholders to ensure that all persons found wanting were properly dealt with.
“I am happy to note that since inception of the GCE examination, candidates have continued to increase.
This is an indicator that more people are appreciating the importance of education. Therefore, the GCE candidature is expected to continue growing,’’ he said.