The outcome announced in Dar es Salaam by the executive secretary of the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA) Dr Charles Msonde has Francis Gwaji from Paradise Primary School in Geita Region on top, followed by Victor Godfrey, Aziz Yassin and Goldie Hihayum all from Graiyaki Primary School in Mara.
The fifth spot was taken by Daniel Ngassa from Little Primary School, Shinyanga, whereas Hillary Sarehe Nassor from Peaceland Mwanza, settled for the sixth spot.
The seventh position went to Mbelele Dalali Mbelele from Kwema Modern – Shinyanga, while Derick Eliakim Lema from Musabe – Mwanza was number eight nationwide among boys.
The ninth and 10th spot were taken by Athanas Herry Sekuro from Paradise and Aaron Robert Mabuga from Kwema respectively.
The ranking also shows that the top 10 schools category in the country was dominated by schools from the Lake Zone.
The schools in their descending order are Graiyaki and Twibhoki from Mara, followed by Kemebos from Kagera, Little Treasures from Shinyanga, Musabe and Tulele from Mwanza.
Others in the same order are Kwema Modern from Shinyanga , Peaceland and Mugini from Mwanza, as Rocken Hill from Shinyanga completes the Top 10 list.
This is not the first time schools and pupils from Lake Zone cling to top ten slots. It has actually been a trend in recent years. Even last year, six pupils from the Lake Zone-based schools made to the list of the ten best performers in the Standard Seven National Examination results.
Dr Msonde said yesterday that a total of 759,737 out 933,369 who sat the examination this year have passed, which is equal to 81.5 per cent.
He said 395,738 of those who passed were girls, which is 80.87 per cent whereas 363, 998 were boys (77.72per cent) showing an improvement in performance by 3.78 per cent.
In this year’s results, performance in Kiswahili, English, Science and Social Studies showed improvement ranging between 1.83 and 6.86 per cent compared to 2018.
Dr Msonde noted that performance in Mathematics has however dropped by 1.05 per cent compared to the previous year.
Kiswahili was the best performed subject with an average of 87.25 per cent whereas English recorded the least performance with an average of 53.21 per cent.
The NECTA CEO named Grace Manga of Graiyaki Primary School in Mara as the best candidate, followed by Francis Gwagi from Paradise Primary School in Geita and Loy Kitundu of Mbezi Primary School in Dar es Salaam.
The best performing schools were from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Iringa, Kagera, Katavi, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Simiyu, Njombe and Coast Region.
NECTA released the Primary School Leaving examination results for 2019 which was sat last month, with Lake Zone schools taking up all the top 10 spots in the boys’ category.