Paul is small for his age and has just completed his primary education at 17 years old. Living in a remote area he started school late and had spent part of his early years helping to farm. The family are subsistence farmers and none have completed school. Paul’s parents did not complete their primary education, his older brother did not qualify to go up to secondary level and his 3 younger sisters and a brother are all still in primary school.Finishing primary school well into one’s teenage years is quite a common occurrence here in rural Zambia.
Paul has been attending Katemo Primary School and, last year, sat for his Grade 7 or Certificate of Primary Education exams. Here are his scores:
|Paul Sakala||Grade 7|
|Social & Development study||102||3|
|Special Paper 1||109||2|
|Special Paper 2||112||2|
|Creative & Technology studies||114||2|
He has been offered a place at Mfuwe Day Secondary School- which is classed as an unofficial boarding school as it has dormitories for those pupils who live too far from any secondary school to be able to attend daily.
You can get an idea of which subjects the pupil likes or is good at by looking at his or her marks. English and mathematics are obvious but you might like an explanation of the other subjects. Social and Development Studies is all about geography, history and civics. Zambian Language is the study of one of the many languages used in Zambia; in this area it is Chinyanja. Creative and Technology Studies is a mix or practical subjects such as arts and crafts. The marks may also indicate the type person, especially when it comes to the Special Papers; Special Paper 1 is a simple and basic IQ test based on English and Maths logic and Special Paper 2 is a basic visual IQ test based on patterns.