NCCR calls for fresh exam marking By DAILY NEWS Reporter, 30th January 2011 @ 15:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 56 NCCR-Mageuzi has requested the government to critically examine the just released Form Four examination results and look into possibilities to have the examination papers re-marked and graded. Addressing a press conference in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, NCCR-Mageuzi National Chairman, Mr James Mbatia said massive failure at the rate of more than 50 per cent was catastrophic and unacceptable. "It is time the government sought advice from religious denominations, particularly the Roman Catholic Church, on teaching methodology and strategies that made their students perform impressively in national examinations," Mr Mbatia suggested. However, the political party leader laid blame on the government for allowing the education gap to widen between children from well-to-do families and those from low-income brackets. "The difference is obvious and was reflected in the just announced examination results. It is disturbing to note that only 11.5 per cent of the 352,840 students who took National Form Four Examinations last October passed," he said. The National Examinations Council of Tanzania last week announced that 40,388 students out of 352,840 attained between First and Third Division results and 310,826, equivalent to 88.5 per cent had Fourth Division and failure. "In serious matters like education, the government should give serious answers as well. We do know, education is a treasure that must be handled with utmost care. A strong education base paves the way for higher levels of success," Mbatia observed. He queried the training of a secondary school teacher for hardly three months, who is then 'forced' to teach as a professional. He also cautioned on a looming danger if the host of Form Four leavers who did not qualify for further studies was left alone to fight for their survival. "They need to be assisted. Let the examination papers be corrected again to avert confusion," he said. According to the politician, one of the shortcomings, in the current education system, was lack of consistency, saying newly appointed education ministers introduced changes which might not even be of benefit to the nation. Mr Mbatia declared his intention to submit a letter to the Prime Minister to express his views and share possible solutions. Daily News | NCCR calls for fresh exam marking MY TAKE: Angalieni huu upupu mwingine wa Mbatia! kusahihisha tena mitihani maana yake ni kushusha passing marks na sidhani kama inasaidia Taifa hili katika kutengeneza competent citizens ambao wataweza kuhimili soko la EAC! Wanasiasa wakae mbali na elimu aliyeondoa mitihani ya Form II akili zake si nzuri! Kinachotakiwa kufanyika hapa ni kuanzisha utaratibu wa kuzipatia shule vitendea kazi na walimu wawe wa kutosha na walipwe vizuri na wapigwe msasa kwenye stadi na mbinu za ufundishaji na wasambazwe katika hizo shule zilizofanya vibaya!