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This trend of increasing failure rates year after year with no end in sight has been continuing for over 2 decades now. It really needs to be stopped.
This is a multifaceted problem and needs a multifaceted solution. Just pouring money to it will not resolve the underlying causes. Without a careful analysis of the causes, the challenges will continue to plague the Tanzania Education System for a long time.
The fact that the government has been allocating more funds to education has to be applauded but the increase in funding has unfortunately not resulted to more quality education.
There is no correlation between the increased government funding and the result in terms of students’ performance at the form IV level.
I will summarize the form IV education performance 2010 result in table below: (Sorry The Table Could not be supported here hence the snippets)
2009 Form IV Pass Rates = 72.51%
2010 Form IV Pass Rates = 50.40%
Passing Rate Drop 2009-2010 = 22.11%
Total Candidates 2010 = 441,426
Girl Passed = 69,996
Boys Passed = 107,025
Did Not Sit For Exams = 16,688
What are your thoughts on the form IV exams results? What needs to be done to change the outcome? Is lack of English proficiency for both teachers and students contributing to this? Is it time to start using more than one test to determine if students have learned something?