Chang�ombe Secondary School Form IV students revise a subject during break after they had sat an examination in Dar es Salaam yesterday. National Form IV examinations started countrywide yesterday. (Photo: Omar Fungo)
A survey conducted in various schools in Dar es Salaam showed exams arrived a little late to some schools, though students were ready waiting for them in examination rooms. It was also observed that some schools had few police officers for security, despite the fact that they are expected to secure school premises incase of any examination leakage.
A student at Benjamimi Mkapa Secondary Amina Rajabu said the exams started at 8:45am instead of 8:00 as the timetable stated. She said the situation led into panic for some students.
“We were in the examination rooms before 8am but surprisingly the exams were brought in 45 minutes later…we had already panicked,” she said.
Rajabu complained that despite the delay, invigilators did not give them extra time to finish answering the questions. He said most of them didn’t complete their exams.
Another student Rita Mrutu from Benjamin Mkapa secondary school called upon examination supervisors to keep time and ensure that students start their exams on time to avoid such inconveniences.
“We want them to be in classes on time so that we can have enough time to answer the questions as arranged,” she said.
A student from Hannasifu secondary school Hamad Hamza said the exams started smoothly as all students were in class in time and the supervisors entered the class at 8:00am as indicated by the timetable.
Chang’ombe Secondary school student, Faustine Mhando said in his school exams started on time and there were no examination leakages.
He said the first exam was Civics which was fair as the questions came from the topics they had already learnt in class.
Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam last week, the Deputy Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Mr Philipo Mulugo, said the number of candidates sitting for the national Form Four examinations this year has increased by almost ten per cent compared to last year.
A total of 481,414 students sat for the exams yesterday compared to 450,324 who sat for the same exams last year.
However the number of those registered for the Qualifying Tests (QT) has decreased by 27.62 per cent (21, 314) compared to last year’s figures which stands at 29, 447 candidates.
The number of candidates registered as private candidates has also decreased to 68,820 compared to 100,934 last year.
According to Mulugo, the total number of school candidates is 412, 594, whereby 228, 991 are boys (55.50%) and 183, 603 are girls (44.50%). The number of school candidates sitting for the national exams this year has increased by 18.09 per cent (63,204 candidates) compared to 2011 which was 349, 390 candidates.