134,123 candidates who sat for the 2015 Grade 9 examinations have been selected to grade 10 out of 278,184 candidates.
General Education Minister John Phiri who announced the results in Lusaka says of the 134,123 candidates selected, 70, 699 are boys while 63,424 are girls.
Dr. Phiri says this represents an increase from 41.79% in 2014 to 48.89% in 2015.
He says the national progression rate shows that a larger proportion of learners progressed to Grade 10 in 2015 than in the previous 5 years.
Dr. Phiri explains that 63, 514 boys and 65, 973 girls who did not meet the cutoff points obtained statements while 7,123 boys and 7,451 girls failed.
He notes that there was a reduction in the failure rate by 0.23% from 5.47% in 2014 to 5.24% in 2015.
Dr. Phiri adds that the Copperbelt followed by Muchinga province recorded the highest certificate pass rate while Lusaka recorded the lowest.
He further states that performance in science related subjects and mathematics continue to pose a challenge to most learners attributing this to inadequate numbers of qualified teachers of science and mathematics.
Dr. Phiri has also disclosed that 161 cases of suspected malpractice were recorded during the examinations which were the first to be conducted based on the revised curriculum.
He says Grade ten classes will commence on 25th January,2016 with a race period of ten working days.