Lions Primary School Standard Seven pupils at Magomeni Makanya in Kinondoni district, Dar es Salaam, take a break during the national examinations which started countrywide yesterday. (Photo: Omar Fungo)
The delay was discovered after the Education and Vocational Training Deputy Minister Phillip Mulugo, made an abrupt visit to 11 primary schools in the city to assess the situation.
The affected schools include Ndumbwi primary school where the examinations arrived at 11:15 am and Mbezi Mtoni primary school where they arrived at 11:30 am both of Kinondoni municipality.
According to the examination timetable issued by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania pupils were required to start the exams at 8.00 am yesterday for those sitting for science, mathematics and Kiswahili papers while today they will proceed with the remaining subjects which include English and social studies.
Chairperson of Ndumbwi primary school Joyce Nyamwela said they were surprised to see pupils playing outside at 10.30am while they were supposed to be in the examination rooms.
“We decided to call the Deputy Minister Mulugo who upon his arrival at the school said the exams were delayed due to negligence on the part of the head of the trip who he named as Ward Education Coordinator Peter Jonas,”
Mulugo said that they will take appropriate action against him.
Following the delay Mulugo directed Kinondoni Municipal Education Officer Kalinga to ensure that they take measures to enable pupils of the respective schools to write the three examination papers by being given all the services required and tight security so that they don’t go out of the school.
Mulugo also visited Makumbusho and Kijitonyama Kisiwani primary schools whose results for pupils of last year were nullified due to cheating.
Other schools visited by the minister include Victoria, Kijitonyama, Hazina, Mvinjemi, Likwati, Wailes and Mbezi Mtoni.
He however directed Regional and District Education officers countrywide to monitor the exercise closely to avert leakages.
Last week Mulugo told journalists that the number of pupils who were listed for the examinations this year has dropped by 88,664 when compared to last year.
He said pupils who sat for the examination last year were 983,545 while there are only 894,881 this year. According to the Deputy Minister 426,285 were boys which is equivalent to 47.64 percent while 468,596 were girls equivalent to 52.36 percent.
He further said a total of 874,379 pupils were registered for the examination in Kiswahili while 20,502 were registered to sit for the examination in English, the languages used in teaching.
This year examinations are being conducted using a new technology whereby the candidates will use Optical Mark Reader forms to write the answers and the papers will be marked by using computers