NAQEZ calls for postmortem on Mumena A pupils exam failure
By CHINOYI CHIPULU
National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) has expressed disappointment over the 100 percent failure rate recorded during the 2021 Grade Nine Examination at Mumena A Secondary School in Kalumbila.
All the 38 pupils that sat for their Grade Nine Exams at Mumena A failed to make it to Grade 10.
NAQEZ Executive Director Aaron Chansa described the failure as shocking and an academic taboo.
“NAQEZ finds it extremely difficult to believe the fact that all the 38 candidates who sat for the 2021 Grade 9 exams at Mumena A Secondary School failed. This development is not only shocking but also an academic taboo,” Mr Chansa said in a statement.
He said investigation should be instituted to find the cause of the pathetic performance of the pupils because the findings will help in making genuine amends.
Mr Chansa said the Ministry of Education should also investigate the levels of parental support the school received, the commitment of teachers to work as well as availability of teaching and learning materials at theschool.
“Finally but crucial, what has happened at Mumena, in the view of NAQEZ, has something to do with automatic progression of Grade 7 learners into grade 8. If this policy will not be abandoned, we fear for more academic disasters in Zambia,” he said