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OVER 16, 000 candidates out of the 124, 171 who sat for the July 2021 General Certificate of Education (GCE) examination have failed, Minister of Education Douglas Syakalima has said. Mr Syakalima said this represented a 13 percent failure rate.

He said at a press briefing that 16, 960 candidates failed the 2021 GCE examinations, with mathematics being the subject with the worst performance.

Mr Syakalima said 4, 496 candidates obtained certificates, representing a 3.62 percent GCE certificate acquisition rate. He said out of the 39, 323 male candidates only 1, 618 obtained the GCE certificate in comparison with the 2, 878 females who acquired the GCE certificate out of 84, 848 females who sat for the examinations.

Mr Syakalima said 102, 715 candidates obtained GCE statement of results. “Mathematics recorded the lowest at 18.24 percent,” Mr Syakalima said. Meanwhile, the minister said no leakage was recorded during the examinations and that 9, 299 candidates were absent.

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