- The Primary School “Leaving” Exam (PSLE) administered at the end of Standard (Grade) 7 determines whether one can continue to government secondary school. Roughly only half of primary school students “pass” this exam.
- After primary school, secondary school or “O”
for Ordinary School consists of Forms 1 through 4. Students take national exams at the end of
Form 2 – if they fail once, they repeat the grade and “resit.” If they fail again, they’re out. This year, only 47% of exam takers passed with a D or above.
- The National Exam at the end of Form 4 is even more critical. Depending on one’s score, a student can continue to “A” Level High School (Forms 5 and 6), vocational school, a Certificate program in eligible subjects OR – again, he or she is done. In 2012, 65% of the Tanzanian Form 4 students FAILED the exam and so ended their educational and career prospects.
- Finally, there is a Form 6 National Exam and these scores determine whether and where one can continue to University studies.