28th September 2012 Aim is to ensure teachers have ample time to mark papers Effective next year, Form Six and Four students will sit for their national examinations in May and November respectively, instead of February and October, the government has confirmed.The move is aimed at enabling teachers to mark the examinations during June and December holidays, the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA) said, adding that it will recruit more teachers for marking the final examinations countrywide. Speaking in an interview with The Guardian yesterday in Dar es Salaam John Nchimbi NECTAs Public Relations Officer said that the council proposed reinstatement of the system to the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training. The marking exercise will take place during school holidays, providing teachers with ample time to mark the exams, hence provide accurate results, he said. He said the Ministry has endorsed the proposal to allow more teachers to be involved in the exam marking. We have been experiencing difficulties in getting teachers for marking the papers, because by the time the students sit for the examinations, schools are still in session, he said. We hope that this system will make the marking more effective and ensure better results. When contacted to give details on the issue, Education and Vocational Deputy Ministry, Philipo Mulugo confirmed that the ministry had endorsed the NECTA proposal. My ministry went through the proposal to satisfy itself that it will not have any negative effects and accepted it. We found it to be a good idea and very helpful to teachers in having ample time when it comes to marking the examinations, he underlined. Mulugo assured students set to sit for next years examinations that the new system will not affect their preparations because it has been implemented to enable teachers assigned to do their job accurately. The current system of holding Form Four examinations in October was adopted in 2005 while that of holding Form Six exams in February was adopted in 2006. SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN. My comments: Niaanza na hayo maelezo yenye Red. Ni kweli kinachosemwa na huyu Mh. John Nchimbi? kama ni kweli tuelewe/tiyaamini vipi na matokeo ya mitihani ya wanafunzi kwa kipindi chote toka 2005 mpaka sasa(2012)? hayakuwa ya kweli? hayakuwa accurate? yalifanywa kama vile waislamu walivyosema kwamba baraza la mitihani linaupendeleo linachakachua/linalipua usahihishaji? Mabadilio haya yanaweza kuleta tija kweli lakini huyu Nchimbi na Waziri Mulugo wameasess impact kwa mashule na wanafunzi wenyewe? Wamefikiria Gharama wanazotaka ktuongezea wazazi na walimu? Wamefikiria Miezi tisa kwa wanafumzi wanaomaiza kidato cha nne na siku sitini kwa wanafunzi wanaomaliza kidato cha sita itakavyotumiwa na wanfunzi bada ya kabla ya mitihani yao na baada ya mitihani yao? Wadau wa elimu wameshirikishwa? maana hapa kama vile kulikuwa na proposal toka baraza la mitihani likapelekwa kwa waziri na waziri akalikubali sina hakika kama wadau walishirikishwa. Wamefikiria Gharama wanazoziongeza kwa shule za Private ambazo ada waliolipwa na program na walimu wao zilikuwa ziishie Februari 2013 and siyo vinginevyo? Kwa nini jambo hili limetengenezewa mazingira ya udharura huu, kuna nini kimejifucha ndani yake? Nadhani wa wanaohusika na waTZ wenzangu wanaweza kuwa na michango zaidi kuhuu hii ila mimi kama mimi sikulipokea vizuri jambo hili ingawa linaweza kuwa na malengo mazuri, hii ni kwa kuwa nina watoto wawili wanaotarajoa kufanya mitihani mwakani (2012) mmoja form IV and mwingine form VI sasa silewi hizi ghara ninazotaka kuongezewe nitazimudu vipi? Hivi haya masuala ya mitihani hayana utaratibu kisheria wa namana kiongozi anavyoweza kufanya mabadiliko na kama yapo wadau hawana nafasi ya kushirikishwa kisheria. ama tu mtu tuliymwajiri anaweza tu kuamua lolote akati wowote hata kama yupo Baranapata ulabu wake? this is ridiculus, Elimu ni ufunguo wa maisha kama tukiwachia watu wa design ya akina Nchimbi kuigalagaza elimu yetu juhudi zetu zote za kugharimia elimu zitakuwa bure. kwa maamuzi kama haya sishangai kuona kunawanafunzi wanafaulu mtihani bila kujua wala kuandika.