Tanzania Form IV Results 2011: Abysmal Again.

Once again, it is that time of the year when the Form IV results from the Tanzania National Examination Council comes out.  To be specific, the 2011 Form Results were officially announced yesterday.  This is the time when I post the snippets of what has happened with the numbers. My prediction looking to the future last year was that, the pass rates percentages will remain largely low in the foreseeable future.

The major factors contributing to the low performance are many. I will list just a few: 1) The Ward school’s lack of well qualified staffs and resources and 2) The social promotion of those who failed Form II Examination is catching up with the ill-advised policy, 3) Lack of English proficiency for the language of instruction for both students and teachers, 4) Lack of content knowledge and  pedagogical skills for the teachers (quality instructional practices).

Here is the breakdown (Tanzania Form Four, Pass Rates 2011a) of the number for the 2011 just announced results. Out of 459,324 students who registered to take the examination, 426,314 students took the exams and 53.37% of them passed it.  There was a 2.63% uptick in pass rates for this year comparing to last year’s results of 50.74%. The 2011 results are still approximately 20% drop from the 2009 pass rate of 72.51%.

Just looking at the numbers on the attached Excel graph, there is no significant performance improvement graphically speaking. Failure rate stabilization is the correct term to use in this year’s characterization of the Form IV results.

The results provided by NECTA did not provide a meaningful disaggregation of the 53.37 pass rate for this year. Meaningful numbers of the 53.37% who passed the exams; how many got division Ones, twos, threes and fours? Those numbers would offer a better picture than the pass rate comparison that is currently used. Here is graphical representation of the(Kwiro Center Form IV Results 2011 ) in Mahenge-Ulanga, Morogoro.

Maybe the failure rates have hit the bottom, but I would not say that there was a performance improvement in exams results this year. The numbers will largely stay at this level for years to come until the four factors I mentioned earlier have been addressed.


23 thoughts on “Tanzania Form IV Results 2011: Abysmal Again.

  1. Osca

    It is true i agreed about this but massive failure is still a demagogue question of so many education stakeholders, may be there is a combination of many factors apart from your views, others are still questioning on clash progmmes techers, multi ministerial structures of solving education problems, poor background of students and teachers,moral deteoration,and lack of seriousness of the all stakeholders compared to the some period backs, moreover funny enough they question of some politics and civil societies intervention on education which is a serious issue eg aspect of biting students. But i reming u prease send some information about this issue in ma gmail because it is so critical moreover it can help me on my studies


    1. Hi Oscar,

      I truly appreciate your comments. You know what? we could actually use Logistic Regression to predict which students are more likely to fail National Examinations a few years before they actually take the exam. That way we could use data driven strategies to target those students with different interventions (teaching strategies) that might reduce the numbers of failures. What do you think?
      I am not sure what information would you like me to send to you? Let me know and cheers! Shaaban


      1. osca mwombeki

        It is true, but this should go contraly with critical analysis from thinktanks, and other policy stakeholders


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