Form Four exams begins amid Necta warning

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  • Briefing journalists on this year’s national Form Four examination, Necta acting executive secretary Athumani Amasi said the council was not ready to see negligence disrupting students’ progress

Dar es Salaam. The National Examinations Council of Tanzania (Necta) has cautioned all committees entrusted with managing the Form Four exams to observe and adhere to the law by ensuring that there are no loopholes that can cause fraud in the exams.

Speaking to journalists yesterday while announcing the 2022 Certificate of Secondary School Education Examination (CSEE) which takes off today November 14, 2022 through to December 1, this year, the acting executive secretary of the council, Mr Athumani Amasi, noted that they would not like to see negligence tarnishing the academic trajectory of examinees.

This he said was due to the fact that the exam conducted by 566,840 registered candidates; with 535,001 being school candidates and 31,839 independent candidates, it was important for students as it measured the competence of students in all that they have learned over a period of four years.

“The smooth running of this examination will lead to accurate results that will be used in the selection of students joining advanced secondary education as well as various professional fields...,” he reminded.

He said in that regard, all the committees were also directed to ensure that the security of the selected centres was strengthened and that the centres were used in accordance with the guidance provided.

“The council calls on all the appointed administrators to do their management work with the utmost attention and integrity and to comply with the examination rules and guidelines given to them,” he said.

“The council will not hesitate to cancel any exam centre under satisfaction that its presence endangers the security of the exams,” he warned.

He said that in order to protect the performance of the exam, all stakeholders should provide information to the relevant agencies whenever they identify the presence of a person or group of people involved in exam fraud of any kind.

Of the 535,001 school candidates registered, Necta noted that 247,131 were boys (46.19 percent) and 287,870 girls (53.81 percent). In addition, there are 852 candidates with special needs and among them, 480 are visually impaired, 62 blind, 19 are hearing impaired, 152 mentally retarded and 139 being physically disabled.

“In 2021, the number of registered candidates was 538,024, so there is a total increase of 28,816 candidates (5.36 percent) for the year 2022 compared to the year 2021,” Mr Amasi noted.

Meanwhile, 12,090 candidates have been registered to take the knowledge test (QT), 2022 of which 4,096 are men (33.88 percent) and 7,994 women (66.12 percent).