Form VI candidates increase by 6 per cent

TANZANIA: THE number of candidates to sit for Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) and teachers’ examinations at certificate and diploma levels starting tomorrow has increased countrywide in comparison to last year.

According to National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA) Executive Secretary Dr Said Ally Mohamed, the number of candidates to sit for ACSEE has increased from 106, 883 registered last year to 113,504 an increase of 6.19 per cent.

He said that a total of 104,449 candidates are school, while 9,055 are private sitters adding that out of the school candidates, 57,378 are boys and 47,071 are girls, estimated as 54.9 per cent and 45.1 per cent respectively.

“Out of the number in school, some 232 candidates are with special needs, 201 have low vision, 16 blind and 15 with physical impairment” Dr Mohamed said.

The increase in the number of ACSEE registered candidates is due to President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s commitment to education which increased spending on infrastructure and overall quality.

This has resulted in greater access to school through increased enrolment rate and reduced drop-out rates. To ensure Tanzanian children selected to join advanced secondary education get access to the opportunity, President Samia’s government, with effect from 2022/23 academic year, started implementing fee-free education policy for Form Five and Form Six students in Tanzania.

The policy, meant to remove all forms of fees and contributions in government schools, meaning that Tanzanian children now enjoy fee-free education right from primary to secondary education (O-level and A-Level).

Briefing reporters in Dar es Salaam on Sunday Dr Mohamed said that the number of candidates to sit for teachers’ examinations at certificate and diploma levels has increased from 8,479 registered last year to 11,552 an increase of 36.24 per cent “Teachers’ examinations are also crucial because through them we get teachers to teach in primary and secondary schools.

Equally, Form Six exams are very important because through these we test knowledge and skills that the students have acquired ahead of joining higher learning institutions,” he said.

On the other hand, Dr Mohamed said that logistics including transport for the examinations to all regions in Zanzibar and Main land have been completed.

“All the preparations for the Form Six and teachers’ examination for the year 2023 have been completed including the distribution of relevant exams, answer booklets and all-important documents related to these exams to all regions and councils in the country,” he pointed out.

The NECTA further directed all examination committees to ensure security is maintained in all centres as per guidelines given to the council.

The council also instructed the invigilators to abide by ethics. Dr Mohamed also said that school owners and principals are not required in any way to interfere with the duties of invigilators throughout the exam period, adding that the council will not hesitate to cancel any examination centre that endangers the safety of national examinations. On the candidates’ side, he said the council believes that teachers have prepared them well throughout the secondary education.

Thus, it is the expectation of the council that students will take the exam under the examination rules.

“The council does not expect to see any student involved with fraudulent practices, and if any student is identified to commit fraud, his or her results will be cancelled according to examination regulations,” he said.

NECTA called upon all stakeholders to report to the relevant bodies whenever they detect a person or group of people engaging in exam fraud.

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