The government has released results of the mid -year General Certificate of Education (GCE) examinations with over 12,000 passing.
Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education John Phiri announced the results at a media briefing in Lusaka today.
Dr Phiri revealed that 12,657 candidates out of the 16, 344 who sat for the June General Certificates of Education (GCE) had passed.
Dr Phiri further revealed that out of the 12, 657 candidates who obtained GCEs 4,764 where male while 7,893 are females.
The minister disclosed that Lusaka and Northern provinces recorded the highest GCEs pass rates at 80.55 percent and 79.11 percent respectively.
Western and North Western provinces recorded the lowest pass rates of candidates who obtained GCEs at 70.91 percent and 73.35 percent.
However, all the 10 provinces had more than 70 percent of candidates obtaining GCEs.
Meanwhile, Dr Phiri has expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the candidates who sat for the natural sciences.
He said the poor performance in Mathematics, Science and Biology by candidates who sat for the GCEs requires serious attention from the directorate of Standards and Curriculum.
Dr Phiri told journalists that 9.98 percent of candidates who sat for the natural sciences obtained credits or better, while 18.59 percent obtained passes and 71.72 percent candidates failed the examination.
He however expressed optimism that under the new curriculum performance will improve among pupils who sit for Mathematics and Sciences.
And in social sciences and business studies analysis of performance showed that 61.12 percent of the candidates who sat for GCEs obtained a credit or better, while 25.23 percent obtained passes and 13.65 percent failed the exam.
In a related development, Dr Phiri revealed that the 2014 June GCEs examination were free of examination leakages but that 20 cases of examination malpractices were reported.
Lusaka, June 24, 2014,