Saturday, 8 November 2014

Lake Zone schools top Std Seven exam

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Saumu Mwalimu

Dar es Salaam. Eight private schools in the Lake Zone featured in the list of Top 10 performers in the 2014 national Standard Seven examination.

The results released yesterday saw private schools from Mara, Mwanza, Shinyanga and Kagera take up the first seven positions in the ranking. The other two schools that complete the top 10 were from Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro regions.

The results cast doubt on the future of public primary schools, which are overcrowded, understaffed and lack qualified teachers. But such schools remain the only choice for the poor, who cannot afford the expensive English-medium schools.

The results announced by the executive secretary of the National Examination Council of Tanzania (Necta), Dr Charles Msonde, reflect the usual pattern - with private schools holding on to their dominance over public schools.

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