Over 900 pupils to sit school leaving exams

11Sep 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Over 900 pupils to sit school leaving exams

A TOTAL of 947,221 pupils from 17,051 schools across the country are expected to sit their Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) starting today, the National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA) has announced.

NECTA Executive Secretary Dr Charles Msonde.

Briefing reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, NECTA Executive Secretary Dr Charles Msonde said that all the preparations were completed, with exams being conducted today and tomorrow.

Among the candidates some 451, 235 (47.64 percent) are boys and 495,986 (52.36 percent) are girls. All examination centres banned last year over violations of regulations will have to send their candidates in the centres set for them, he stated.

“For example there are some centres like Hazina, whose candidates will have to go to Oysterbay centre, while candidates from Atlas will go to Bongoyo and those from Ubungo Fort, their centre is Mbezi,” he elaborted.

Dr Msonde warned those who will be found tampering with examinations that strict measures will be taken against them.

“We have already dispatched exams materials including examination papers and its answering papers in all Mainland regions and Zanzibar,” he said, noting that 902,262 pupils will sit for the Swahili Language exam and 44,959 candidates will sit for the English language examination.

“This year, at least 2, 678 candidates with disabilities will sit for examination. This involves 628 deaf, 780 hearing impaired candidates, 81 blind persons, 325mentally disabled persons as well as 864 candidates with various body disabilities,” he specified.

He urged supervisors to ensure that candidates with disabilities are given additional time of 10 to 20 minutes in finishing their examinations.

The council warned staff and supervisors to be careful and ensure that examinations are well preserved to curb leakages, cautioning that the council will not hesitate to take to court those who will be caught tampering with exams.

He appealed to district and regional examinations committees to make sure that exam procedures and regulations are properly observed by ensuring the safety of exam centres and taking precautions to curb loopholes that enable exam leakages.

The general public also needs to respect sites where exams are being held and play their required role in cooperating with supervising staff to ensure silence and serenity during the whole period of exams, the exams body executive intoned.