Ministry of General Education David Mabumba has however revealed that out of 388,442 candidates that sat for the 2018 grade seven examination, 239,024 candidates obtained divisions, 1, 2 and 3 representing 61.53 of the total candidates that sat the examination.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka today, Mr. Mabumba adds that a total of 149,307 candidates obtained divisions 4.
Mr. Mabumba explained that a further analysis of the results along the lines of gender revealed that boys performed better than girls in all subjects except the English Language.
Meanwhile Mr. Mabumba is concerned with the 55,258 candidates who were absent from examination.
The Minister has reiterated that in 2019 the Ministry will focus on implementing reforms in order to address challenges facing the education sector.