Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Standard Seven pupils sit for the final exams

At least 868,030 standard seven pupils in the country are set to sit for the national examinations on Wednesday and Thursday this week, it has been revealed.

Briefing journalists in Dar es Salaam on 9th September 2013, the Education and Vocational Training Deputy Minister Philipo Mulugo said of the candidates, 455,925 are girls (52.52 percent) and 412,105 boys (47.47 percent).

“We have made the necessary preparations, including the distribution of examination papers, optical marker reader (OMR) forms and all the documents which are needed at   the time of writing the exams, “he said.                                   Philipo Mulugo, Education and Vocational Training Deputy Minister

He said 844,810 pupils are expected to write their exams in Kiswahili, of which 400,335 are boys and 444,475 are girls, while 22,535 others will write theirs in English, their language of instruction at the schools.

He also said 597 candidates are visually impaired and that 546 of them are expected to write their exams in Kiswahili while the remaining 51 pupils will write theirs in English.

Mulugo called on all the regional and council education officers to ensure all the necessary procedures are observed to avoid unnecessary hitches.

“I call upon all the supervisors to abide by the laws and regulations during the examinations period.”

The deputy minister defended the optical marker reader (OMR) system, saying it had helped to curb cheating and other malpractices.

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