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STUDENTS who sat for the Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) last year have recorded a 58.25 per cent pass rate, which saw girl students outshining boys and Mbeya’s St Francis Girls retaining its number one position.

Releasing the results in Dar es Salaam on Friday, the CSEE Acting Executive Director Dr Charles Msonde said that 235,227 (58.25 per cent) out of 404, 083 candidates who sat for 2013 examinations scored between division I and IV.

Dr Msonde said the results were standardized using the fixed Grade Range System used in the 2012 results. 

These results are an improvement on previous year (2012), which recorded massive failures with 204, 093 out of 397, 136 candidates scoring division zero. Among those who passed, 106,792 were girls and 128,435 were boys.

A total of 272 candidates had their results nullified due to various forms of cheating such as copying from one another, having answer notes, using mobile phones during examinations and exchange of answer sheets. 

There was also a batch of 10 candidates whose results were cancelled for writing abusive language in their answer sheets. 

According to the results released, girls outshined boys with seven girls being in top ten best students’ category with the list of top ten schools dominated by names of first-time best performing schools.

St Francis Girls in Mbeya was the best performing school followed by Marian Boys in Coast, Feza Girls Dar es Salaam, Precious Blood Arusha, Canossa in Dar es Salaam, Marian Girls Coast, Anwarite Girls in Kilimanjaro, Abbey in Mtwara, Rosmini Tanga and Don Bosco Seminary in Iringa.

The best performing students in the top ten category include Robina Nicholaus from Marian Girls who scooped the first position followed by Margareth Kakoko from St. Francis Girls, Joyceline Marealle from Cannosa, Sarafina Mariki and Abby Sembuche both from Marian Girls.

The sixth position was taken by one Sunday Mrutu from Anne Maria in Dar es Salaam, Nelson Anthony from Kaizerege in Kagera, and Janeth Urassa from Marian Girls and Angel Ngulumbi from St. Francis Girls in Mbeya.

According to Dr Msonde, pass rate in all the subjects increased from 0.16 to 16.72 per cent compared to the 2012.

He pointed out that the candidates performed well in Kiswahili subject with the pass rate of 67.77 per cent.

Mathematics was the least performed subject with 17.78 per cent of candidate who performed well. Meanwhile, Dr Msonde highly commended the Regional and Districts’ committees that took part in the management of the examinations and teachers for ensuring that rules and regulations of examinations were adhered to.