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STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER ON THE RESULTS OF THE 2015 SCHOOL CERTIFICATE (GRADE 12) EXAMINATION

The Honourable Deputy Minister;

The Permanent Secretary;

The Examinations Council of Zambia Council Chairperson;

Directors in the Ministry of General Education;

Director of the Examinations Council of Zambia;

Senior Members of Staff in the Ministry of General Education;

Senior Members of Staff in the Examinations Council of Zambia;

Members of the Media present;


Ladies and Gentlemen

I have called for this press briefing to inform the nation that the Examinations Council of working in collaboration with the Ministry of General has completed the processing of the 2015 School Certificate (Grade 120 Examination results.

This 2015 School Certificate Examination was the first to run separately for internal or school-based candidates only.  This followed the successful conduct of separate General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination in August 2015.  The nation will recall that I announced the said GCE results on Tuesday 20th October, 2015.

Allow me to add that the 2015 School Certificate Examination is the last examination based on the old curriculum.  The nation will recall that the Ministry of General Education launched a revised national Curriculum in January, 2014. The implementation of the revised curriculum was to be in phases. Phase one affected the Early Childhood Education sub-sector and Grade 2, 5, 6 and 10. In 2015 these Grades proceeded to Grades 3, 6, 9 and 11. This means that the first examination based on the revised curriculum started with Grade 9 in 2015.  This year (2016) Grades 7 and 12 examinations will be administered under the revised curriculum.  This is a milestone worth recording in the development of the education system. 
I wish to commend the Examinations Council of Zambia for displaying the highest levels of professionalism and diligence resulting successfully compilation of the 2015 School Certificate Examination.  I also wish to commend the Ministry of General Education staff at the national, provincial, district and school levels for collaborating so exemplary with Examinations Council of Zambia.





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LAUNCH OF THE TEACHER REGISTRATION AND ACCREDITATION OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION BY HON. DR. JOHN J. N. PHIRI, MP

The Deputy Minister –General Education
Permanent Secretary – Ministry of General Education
The Chairperson – Teaching Council of Zambia
Directors present
Councilors – teaching council of Zambia
The registrar – Teaching Council of Zambia
Teacher union representatives
The press present
All invited guests
Ladies and gentlemen
On the 14th January 2016 I signed, as Minister of General Education, Statutory Instrument Number 2 of 2016 the Title of which reads “The Teaching Profession (Registration and Accreditation) Regulations, 2016.  The Statutory Instrument gets its authority from the Teaching Profession Act number 5 of 2013.
The Registration and Accreditation Regulations, 2016 will be administered by the Teaching Council of Zambia.  The nation will recall that following the enactment of the Teaching Profession Act number 5 of 2013, a 14 member Council was appointed and inaugurated on 27th





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STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER, DR. JOHN J.N. PHIRI, MP ON THE 2015 GRADE 9 JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVING EXAMINATION RESULTS

1.0    INTRODUCTION
The Ministry of General Education has completed processing the 2015 Grade 9 Junior Secondary School Leaving Examination Results. The Examination was written from Tuesday 6th October to Tuesday 20th November 2015.  The selection of the 2016 Grade Ten (10) learners was also successfully completed on 8thJanuary 2016.
It is worth noting that the 2015 Grade 9 results are being released two weeks earlier than last year. The gain in time in the release of results shall enable the Grade 10 intake report two weeks after the beginning of the 2016 school calendar. This is commendable as the learners will not lose a lot of contact time with their teachers.

The Grade 9 examination was the first examination based on the Revised Curriculum which was launched in January, 2014 and which is being implemented in phases.  Phase one of the implementation of the Revised Curriculum affected Grades 1, 5, 8 and 10 in 2014.  These Grades moved on to Grades 2, 6, 9 and 11 in 2015.  The first examination was therefore Grade 9.  In 2016, Grades 7 and 12 will also be examined on the basis of the Revised Curriculum.
THE REVISED CURRICULUM
It is important that we briefly reflect on the Revised Curriculum.  The Revised Curriculum introduced two Career Pathways at Secondary School.  The Junior Secondary School Curriculum has the Academic Career Pathway and a Vocational Career Pathways.
Learners pursuing the Academic Pathway Study the following compulsory subjects:
(1)    Business Studies (2) English language (3) Computer Studies (4) Integrated Science (5) Social Studies (6) Mathematics (7) Religious Education (8) Zambian languages. Optional subjects are French, Chinese and Portuguese.
The Vocational Career Pathway offers five (5) options.  Leaners choose one option from (1) Agriculture (2) Technology (3) Performing and Creative Arts (4) Physical Education and Sports (5) Home Economics and Hospitality.  In each option, the learner studies the main subject in the option together with the following subjects: (1) Computer Studies (2) English Language (3) Mathematics (4) Integrated Science (5) Social Studies  (6) Business Studies. Learners who study vocational subjects and successfully complete Junior Secondary Education and are awarded a level 3 Trade Certificate by the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) and a Junior Secondary School Certificate by the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ).
THE LEVEL 3 TRADE TESTING CERTIFIED BY TEVETA
The maiden trade test level 3 was successfully conducted by TEVETA in 30 pilot schools across the country in September, 2015.  A total of 1,873 learners were assessed and 1,388 passed.  This translates into 74% pass rate.  The learners will be awarded the Trade Test level 3 Certificates.
The Ministry in 2016 will add five (5) more Schools per Province to the Trade Test level 3 assessment.  The number of learners asking the Trade Tests is expected to increase over the years. 

2.0    CANDIDATURE
Ladies and Gentlemen
In the year 2015, a total of 278,184 candidates sat the examination, of whom 141,336 (50.81%) were boys while 136,848 (49.19%) were girls. The 2015 candidature revealed that there were almost equal numbers of boys and girls that registered and sat the examination.
This is an indication that the interventions on Gender Equity being implemented by the Ministry in partnership with stakeholders are bearing fruit. Some of these include: bursaries to vulnerable learners, the 50/50 enrolment ratio between boys and girls, feeding programmes and Re-entry policy.
3.0    PERFORMANCE
3.1 Performance by Certificate Classification
Ladies and Gentlemen
The Grade 9 certificate classification is as follows:
1)     A Certificate is awarded to candidates who obtained a minimum   of 40 percent in at least six subjects.
2)    A Statement is awarded to candidates who obtained a minimum of 40 percent in one to five subjects.
3)    A Fail is awarded to candidates who obtained less than 40 percent in a





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MINISTERIAL STATEMENT ON THE GROWTH OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES AND QUALITY IN THE PROVISION OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN ZAMBIA

MR SPEAKER
Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, for according me this opportunity to present a Ministerial statement on the system of Higher Education in Zambia, with specific reference to Quality in the provision, and outputs, of our Higher Education System.
Over the past twenty years of the development of our education system, emphasis had been placed on the lower levels of education, with greater focus and investments on Primary Education. Consequently, the Upper Secondary Education and Higher Education Sectors are now presented with serious problems in respect of quality and access. In response to these challenges, the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education has taken major initiatives to balance capital and investment outlays across the entire education, science, and skills training system in order to improve the overall human development process, and in accordance with national development objectives.





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THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION SERVICES (IFHCES) MEDICAL AND EDUCATION AID NEEDS SCHEME (MEANS).

The International Fund for Healthcare and Education Services (IFHCES)  Medical and Education Aid Needs Scheme (MEANS) was launched at Mika Hotel, Kabulonga, Lusaka on 11th March, 2015.





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