RAMPANT leakages and suspension experienced last examinations have contributed to the poor performance by grade 9 pupils, says entrepreneur Rozious Siatwambo.
Siatwambo, who is Great North Road Academy Group of Schools director and author of Exams are Easy, said the grade 9 results were blow the global target.
He implored education stakeholders to weigh in and help government achieve the target to ensure that all girls and boys compete freely, equitably and [have access to] quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.
“The problematic grade 9 exams and the subsequent suspension of all examinations last year are a contributing factor to the poor performance by grade nines. After exams were suspended, there was need for learners to undergo academic counselling; their brains or should I say minds were disturbed by the commotion emanating from alleged exams malpractice that necessitated a halt to sitting exams. Grade 9 exams are a blow in the face, especially looking at the global target of [Sustainable Development Goal] SDG 4,” Siatwambo said.
He said the Academic Performance Therapy for pupils in examinations classes had potential to improve the child’s performance.
“The Academic Performance Therapy we offered our learners at the height of exam suspension made it possible for our school to perform exceptionally well. We have most of our learners at grade 7 level scoring 750, and a good number accruing above 800 marks while at grade nine level, our learners have scored as high as 480 and above with not more than 4 scoring below the 300 mark,” he said.
And Siatwambo said the grade 7 results were an indication that Zambia was on course in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal number 4 by 2030.
“We have these global targets that we need to achieve by 2030. In the education sector, the SDG target 4.1 requires us to at least, by 2030, ensure that all girls and boys compete freely, equitably and [have access to] quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes. I see Zambia achieving this goal, especially looking at the performance and outcome of the 2018 grade 7 examinations,” said Siatwambo.