Two hundred ninety nine thousand, seven hundred and ten candidates have been selected to grade eight out of the total of 332,953 candidates who sat for the Grade seven examinations in 2014.
Education Minister John Phiri announced the examination results when he presented a ministerial statement in Parliament today.
Dr Phiri says of the total number of candidates who have made to grade eight, 152,985 are boys and 146,725 are girls.
He says this brings the national progression rate to 90.02% from the 89.36 % in 2013.
Dr Phiri adds that Luapula province recorded 100% progression rate for girls.
The Minister has since stated that Grade 8 classes will commence on 12th January with the grace period of up to 26th January.
And Dr Phiri says there was an increase of candidates who sat for the grade seven examinations in 2014 by 6.16% compared to those that sat for the 2013 grade seven exams.
Dr Phiri has attributed the increase to among other factors to the ongoing expansion in classroom space in schools.
He has since stated that the ministry will continue with the expansion of the classroom space programme to ensure that more children benefit.
Dr Phiri adds that there was also a reduction in the absenteeism rate from 11.3% in 2013 to 9.25% in 2014.
He states that all the ten provinces recorded a reduction in absenteeism with the lowest rate recorded in Southern province.