The National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA) has announced the results of the form four Secondary Education national examinations which shows that Catholic schools have continued to lead after taking ten top positions on the national list.
Announcing the results on January 9, The secretary General of the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA) Dr Charles Msonde announced that St Francis Girls Secondary School of Mbeya Catholic Archdiocese which is under the administration of Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo have taken the first position.
The results show that out of the top ten best schools in the country, seven schools are owned by Catholic Church in the country. On the fourth position is Canossa Girls of Dar es Salaam Archdiocese; on fifth position is Anwarite Girls from Moshi Catholic Diocese; on sixth position is Precious Blood from Arusha Archdiocese; seventh is Marian Boys in Bagamoyo Morogoro Diocese; eighth is St. Augustine Tagaste in Dar es Salaam Archdiocese; and ninth is Maua Seminary in Moshi Diocese.
The Executive Secretary has also named the best candidates in Form Four: the first is Joan Ritte of St Francis Girls, Mbeya; second is Denis Kinyange of Nyengezi Seminary, Mwanza; third is Erick Mutasingwa of Sengerema Seminary, Mwanza; forth is Rosalia Mwidege of St Francis Girls, Mbeya; fifth is Domina Wamara of St Francis Girls, Mbeya; sixth is Mvano Cobangoh of Feza Boy’s (a none Catholic School in Dar es Salaam); seventh is Agatha Mlelwa of St Francis Girls, Mbeya; eighth is Sarah Kaduma of St Francis Girls –Mbeya; ninth is Shammah Kiunsi of St Francis Girls, Mbeya; and tenth is Luck Magashi of Huruma Girls, Dodoma.
When releasing the results to schools owned and operated by the Catholic Church in the country, the Head of Education Department at Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) Rev. Alphonce Raraiya congratulated all the schools with outstanding performance.
He has insisted on integral formation in Catholic schools to ensure that the education received as well as the good performance is reflected in the integral life of the child who has gone through those schools.
“The life of those students must reflect discipline and good conducts. Academic only without discipline may not help to a child - they need integral formation. Catholic schools should be at the forefront of providing students with a good upbringing, the values and ethics of the Catholic Church and learning handicrafts,” explained Father Raraiya.