The Secondary School Teachers Union of Zambia (SESTUZ) says there is need for extra effort in education as this year’s Grade 12 results have not shown impressive improvement.
SESTUZ General Secretary, Emmanuel Zulu says the 2.13 per cent difference between the 2012 and 2013 Grade12 results is not significant and calls for much effort to be put if Grade12 results were to improve.
Mr Zulu attributed over enrolment in government schools to poor performance in government institutions.
The SESTUZ Secretary General said this in a telephone interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.
He stated that teaching and learning materials are another reason government schools are not performing well.
Mr Zulu also cited the poor learning culture by pupils in government schools as another contributing factor.
He has since called on government to look into the subject areas where Grade 12 candidates did not perform well so as to provide adequate personnel.
Yesterday Education Minister, John Phiri, announced Grade 12 results of which 60.21 per cent had obtained school certificates out of 104,809 candidates who sat for the examinations.
The Minister disclosed that the passing rate of Grade 12 candidates of the 2013 examinations had marginally improved over the 2012 results.
He further said the overall proportion of candidates that obtained school certificates increased from 58.8 per cent in 2012 to 60.21 per cent in 2013.