The results of last year’s national Form Four examinations speak of spectacular achievements but also of comedy and tragedy.
In releasing the results at a news conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday, National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA) executive secretary Dr Joyce Ndalichako said some examinees drew sexually offensive cartoons and footballs or wrote expletives and Bongo Flava scripts where they were supposed to answer questions and earn marks.
The exam results of all such “proven cheats”, whose total comes to 3,301, have been cancelled as demanded by NECTA rules and regulations. Out of these, 3301 were Form Four proper (CSEE) candidates and two sat for Qualifying Test.
Dr Ndalichako said 225,126 examinees, or 53.37 per cent of the 450,324 who sat for the examinations, have passed.
She added that the council has suspended the results of 264 private candidates and 116 candidates, all of whom sat for Qualifying Test without paying examination fees. These will have to settle the amounts due plus penalty within the next two years or their results will be nullified, as will happen to 873 other candidates from private schools yet to pay the charges plus penalty.
The NECTA executive also noted that the results of 67 other candidates have been withheld pending proof of their payment of the requisite examination fees.
She further announced that 182 candidates were caught with notes in examination rooms and six were found with mobile phones, both cases unauthorised.
Showing physical evidence of the findings, Dr Ndalichako said one candidate wrote Bongo Flava script in his entire answer sheet, giving the “toughness” of the examination as his reason.
“We have also identified candidates who have written incomprehensible things instead of answering questions as per instructions,” she said.
She added that one female candidate had illegible handwriting, “while her academic progress reports showed that she had been performing well – to the tune of 57 per cent on average – at school”.
“But an even worse scenario relates to eight candidates who wrote expletives in their answer sheets. The insults targeted invigilators, the presiding NECTA official and the government,” she pointed out, adding: “This is both a demonstration of blatant lack of discipline and an offence, according to the country’s examination regulations,” she pointed out.
She said the council would not tolerate such candidates and such behaviour and, alongside nullifying the results, it would take more measures against all culprits.
Dr Ndalichako meanwhile called on Form Six students, who began sitting for their national exams yesterday, to desist from cheating or otherwise misbehaving during the exams.
She said the council has been annulling results of the candidates for cheating, but the malpractice is not dying down, adding:
“Some candidates whose results were cancelled as long ago 2009 have been found sitting for examinations for others every year since, right up to last year.”
She elaborated that the council met in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday and resolved that all candidates whose results have been cancelled owing to cheating or writing expletives in their scripts would not be allowed to sit for NECTA examinations for the next three years.
The NECTA executive said invigilators whose centres or schools have had many candidates committing examination offences would be listed and their employees would be alerted for further measures.
“We have been dealing with these issues for very long, and we feel forced to ask Attorney General’s Chambers to come to our help,” she noted, illustrating the seriousness of the problems the council has been grappling with.
The results show that the ten best secondary schools (nationally) with more than 40 candidates in a class are St Francis Girls of Mbeya, Feza Boys of Dar es Salaam, St Joseph’s Millennium of Dar es Salaam, Marian Girls of Bagamoyo in Coast region, Don Bosco Seminary of Iringa, Kasita Seminary of Morogoro, St Mary’s Mazinde Juu of Tanga, Canossa of Dar es Salaam, Mzumbe of Morogoro and Kibaha of Coast Region.
The best ten students nationally are Moses Andrew Swai of Feza Boys in Dar es Salaam, Rosalyn A. Tandau of Marian Girls (Coast), Mboni Maumba of St Francis Girls (Mbeya), Sepiso Mwamelo from St Francis Girls (Mbeya), Uwella Rubuga of Marian Girls (Coast) and Hellen Mpanduji from St Mary’s Mzinde Juu (Tanga), Daniel Wallace Mauggo of St Joseph’s Millennium (Dar es Salaam), Benjamin Tilubuzya of Thomas More Machrina (Dar es Salaam), Simon William Mbangalukela of St Joseph’s Millennium (Dar es Salaam) and Nimrod Deocles Rutatora from Feza Boys’ (Dar es Salaam).
The best ten boys are Moses Andrew Swai of Feza Boys (Dar es Salaam), Daniel Wallace Mauggo of St Joseph’s Millennium (Dar es Salaam), Benjamin J. Tilubuzya of Thomas More Machrina (Dar es Salaam), Simon William Mbangalukela of St Joseph Millennium (Dar es Salaam), Nimrod Deocles Rutatora of Feza Boys (Dar es Salaam), Paschal John Mnyele of Feza Boys’(Dar es Salaam), Henry Justo Stanley of St Joseph Millennium (Dar es Salaam), Fransisco Paschal Kibasa of Mzumbe (Morogoro), and Tumaini Charles of Ilboru (Arusha).
The best ten girls: Rosalyn Tandau of Marian Girls (Coast), Mboni Maumba of St Francis Girls (Mbeya), Sepiso Mwamelo of St Francis Girls (Mbeya), Uwella Rubuga of Marian Girls (Coast), Hellen Mpanduji from St Mary’s Mazinde Juu (Tanga),
Lisa Chille of St Francis Girls (Mbeya), Elizabeth Ng’imba of St Francis Girls (Mbeya), Doris Atieno Noah of Kandoto Sayansi Girls (Kilimanjaro), Herieth Machunda of St Francis Girls (Mbeya) and Daisy Mugenyi of Kifungilo Girls (Tanga).
By PATRICK KISEMBO, The Guardian