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Friday, 27 July 2012 13:01

Grade 12 OR Joint School Certificate and General Certificate of Education Examination

This is a high stake school examination in Zambia as it is one that determines entry into tertiary institutions such as Colleges and Universities. Candidates who meet the minimum requirements are awarded the School Certificate. All the candidates for the School Certificate examination are allowed to enter and sit for at least six (6) subjects. These include English language and others from the Subject Groups shown below.   

SUBJECT GROUPS 

SUBJECT GROUP 1- ENGLISH LANGUAGE 

S/NSUBJECT CODESUBJECT NAMEPAPERSCOMMENTS
11121English language 1121/ 1,22 

SUBJECT GROUP 2- SOCIAL SCIENCES

22011Literature in English1 
32044Christian RE 2044/11cannot be taken with 2046/1
42046Christian RE 2046/11cannot be taken with 2044/1
52030Civic Education 2030/1,22 
62167History 2167/1,2 2 
72218Geography 2218/ 1,2 and 332218/3-Project School Based

SUBJECT GROUP  3- LANGUAGES

83016French 3016/1, 2 and 53 
93147Lunda 3147/1, 22May not be taken with 3148, 3149, 3153, 3154, 3156, 3156, 3160
103148Luvale 3148/1, 22May not be  taken with 3147, 3149, 3153, 3156, 3160
113149Kiikaonde 3149/1,22May not be taken with 3148, 3147, 3153, 3154, 3156, 3160
123153Icibemba 3153/1,22May not be taken with 3148, 3149, 3154, 3156, 3160
133154Chitonga 3154/1,22May not be taken with 3148, 3149, 3153, 3156, 3160
143156Cinyanja 3156/1,22May not be taken with 3148, 3149,3153, 3154,3160
153160Silozi 3160/1,22May not be taken with 3148, 3149, 3153, 3154, 3156

SUBJECT GROUP 4-MATHEMATICS

164024Mathematics 4024/1,22 
174030Additional Mathematics 4030/1,22 

SUBJECT GROUP 5- NATURAL SCIENCES 

185037Agricultural Science 5037/1,2,335037-Project-School Based
195090Biology 5090/1,2,33 Biology 5090/6 is for candidate with Special Education Needs
205054Physics 5054/1,2,33May not be taken with 5124
215070Chemistry 5070/1/2,33May not taken with 5124
225124Science 5124/1,2,33May not be taken with 5070, 5054

SUBJECT GROUP 6-ARTS

23 Art and Design 6010/1,2,4,636010/1,2,4 for GCE only6010/1,2,6 for internal only
24 Music 6020/1,2,43 
25 Wood Work 6030/1,22 
26 Metal Work 6040/1,22 
27 Fashion and Fabrics 6050/1,22 
28 Food and Nutrition 6065/1,22 
29 Home Management 6075/1,22 

 SUBJECT GROUP 7-TECHNICAL AND COMMERCIAL 

307040Geometrical and Mechanical Drawing 7040/1,22 
317010Computer Studies 7010/ 1,22 
327100Commerce 7100/11 
337110Principals of Accounts 7110/1,22 
     

AWARD OF A SCHOOL CERTIFICATE

All the requirements for the School Certificate must be satisfied at one and the same examination. To qualify the candidate must;

 (a) Pass in at least SIX subjects (including English language) with CREDIT in at least ONE of them.

(b) Pass in at least FIVE subjects (including English language) with CREDIT in at least TWO of them.

AWARD OF A GENERAL CERTIFCATE OF EDUCATION (GCE)

Candidates who obtain Grade ONE to EIGHT in at least ONE SUBJECT will qualify for the award of the General Certificate of Education (GCE)

IF

(a) They enter and sit but do not qualify for the School Certificate;
(b) They already hold a School Certificate or General Certificate of Education
.

ZAMBIAN GRADING SYSTE 

The following table shows the relationship between Grades and the Standards;   

ZAMBIA SCHOOL CERTIFICATE AND GENERAL CERTFICATE OF EDUCATION
GRADESTANDARD
OneDistinction
Two
ThreeMerit
four
FiveCredit
Six
SevenSatisfactory
Eight
NineUnsatisfactory

 

The School Certificate and the General Certificate of Education will show Subject Grades from One (1) and Eight (8). Grade Nine (9) and Absent (X) will not be recorded on the Certificate although they will be shown on the Results Slip. 

The Examinations Council of Zambia will issue Certificates by 30th September following the year of the examination and will be sent to Heads of School/ Centre for distribution to candidates.No candidates will be allowed to collect the Certificate directly from the Examinations Council of Zambia except for under protest cases still outstanding.

 INTERPRETATION OF GRADE 12 ‘0’ LEVEL EXAMINATIONS

The School Results in Zambia are classified into two groups as follows:

  1. Ordinary Level Examinations commonly referred to as ‘O’ Level Examinations.
  2.  Advanced Level Examinations commonly referred to as   ‘A’ Level Examinations

 However, the Examinations Council of Zambia does not conduct examinations at Advanced Level (‘A’ Level), only at Ordinary Level (‘O’ Level).

This implies that all results obtained at Senior Secondary/High School Level are Ordinary Level (‘O’ Level). The Grading System is as follows:

  1. School Certificate(SC)
  • All the requirements for the certificate must be satisfied at one and the same examination.
  • A school certificate is awarded to a candidate who qualify as follows:

 (a) Pass in at least six subjects (including English language) with a credit in at least one of them.

(b) Pass in at least five subjects (including English language) with a credit in at least two of them.

NOTE:

  • This applies to candidates in schools who write more than six subjects and are registered as internal candidates.
  • However the internal candidates who fail to obtain a School Certificate are awarded the General Certificate of Education (GCE).

 2. General Certificate of Education(GCE)

  • A General Certificate of Education (GCE) is awarded to a candidate who obtained Grade one to eight in at least one subject.
  • If

(a)   The candidate enters and sits but does not qualify for the School Certificate;

(b)   Already holds a School Certificate or General Certificate of Education (GCE). 

NOTE. Any candidate who has already attempted the examinations offered by Examinations Council of Zambia can only attempt again as a General Certificate of Education (GCE) candidate and shall always obtain a General Certificate of Education (GCE).

Also note that the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Certificates cannot be combined to make one certificate or a School Certificate.  

 

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