Speaking during a meeting to evaluate Standard Seven exams, this year, the Arusha regional education officer Nestory Mloka said among the total number of students who did not sit the exams were 706 girls and 417 boys.PHOTO|FILE
Arusha.A total of 1,163 students, including girls who were pregnant, failed to sit for the Standard Seven final exams in Arusha, this year.
Students who sat Standard Seven exams this year in Arusha totalled 35,233, of whom 18,469 were female and 16,764 male.
Speaking during a meeting to evaluate Standard Seven exams, this year, the Arusha regional education officer Nestory Mloka said among the total number of students who did not sit the exams were 706 girls and 417 boys.
Mloka reiterated that apart from absenteeism, other factors such as illness and pregnancy contributed to the rising number of students missing out on exams.
“About eight students died before the exams period, whereas 16 students including twelve boys and four girls were unable sit exams due to illness,” said Mloka.
He added that other 16 students including eight girls were impregnated. Eight boys did not sit exams for unidentified reasons.
He noted that Arusha District occupied first position in having a large number of students (about 404) who failed to sit exams. Other districts with a large number of students who failed to sit the exams are Karatu (205) and Meru (167).
Others are Ngorongoro 105 students, Arusha municipal 100 students, Longido 98 students and Monduli 84 students.
In 2013 a total of 36,396 students were registered to sit for standard seven exams in all Arusha region primary schools.