ALL SCHOOLS TO OPEN ON JANUARY 24, 2022-GOVT
Government has postponed the reopening of primary and secondary schools which was scheduled for 10th January 2022 to 24th January 2022 due to a surge in covid19 cases.
Education Minister Douglas Syakalima explains that decision was made in consultation with the ministry of Health following the upswing in the number of covid19 cases.
Speaking during the announcement of the release of grade 7 and 9 results, Mr Syakalima says the decision to postpone the reopening of schools has also been made to allow more children get vaccinated against covid19.
On the 27 December 2021 government extended the vaccinations program to children between the ages 12 and 18 after a spike in the number of children dying due to covid19.
Meanwhile, Mr. Syakalima has announced that the 2021 grade 7 national progression to grade 8 is 100 percent as was the case during the 2020 grade 7 examinations.
He says a total of 74,865 candidates out of the 409,441 who sat for grade 7 examinations in 2021have obtained division one representing an increase of 0.37 in comparing to 2020 results putting the progression rate 100 percent.
Mr Syakalima says girls performed better than boys at grade 7 with the highest performance scores recorded in English and Zambian language both at 99.08 percent.
He also says a total of 257,551 candidates sat for internal grade 9 examinations of which 99.253 obtained statements while 18,109 failed the examination.
The analysis of performance by subject revealed that the highest pass rate was recorded in design and technology whiles the least in Mathematics.