Since its inception, one of the longer term aims of Arise School has been that it should provide quality education for the community and become known as a centre of excellence.
In November 2017, for the first time, 34 of the eldest children, aged 10 and 11 years, sat the national assessment exams set by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania. Each pupil took six exams in required subjects – Kiswahili, Maths, Social Studies, English, Science and Vocational Skills. They received an individual grade for each exam and an overall grade.
The results were published a few weeks ago. We were delighted to learn that every pupil was successful in passing overall at Grade C or above. Five pupils achieved Grade A, 24 received Grade B and 5 Grade C. In particular, 32 children out of the 34 were awarded Grade A in Kiswahili, their national language, and 26 received Grade A in English.
Ten of the 34 children are sponsored through the ACE Sponsorship Scheme. Without the support of their sponsors, they would not have had the opportunity of an education. Now, they are being enabled to fulfil their potential. In fact, one of the sponsored children, had only been in school for about 20 months when he sat his exams. He received a Grade B overall.
In November 2020, when these pupils are in their last year of primary education, they will sit their final exams leading to the award of the Primary School Leaving Certificate. Meanwhile, these exam results are very encouraging in terms of the standard of education reached so far at Arise School.
The results also give an indication of how the school is performing overall as one of six English medium schools in Siha District where the school is located and in relation to other primary schools, both regionally and nationally. They provide a solid base on which Arise School can build as it continues to strive towards becoming a centre of excellence.
Many congratulations and very well done to all the children concerned and to the staff who have worked hard to contribute to their success.