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ERIC Number: EJ1072823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-2141-1905
A Comparative Study of the Academic Performance of Secondary School Pupils at Grade Twelve Level in English, French and Zambian Languages (1998-2008)
Chishiba, G. M.; Mukuka, Joseph
African Higher Education Review, v5 p115-125 Feb 2012
The study compared the performance of pupils at grade 12 level in Zambian languages, French and English during a period of ten years (1998-2008). Grade 12 is the final year of Secondary School Education in Zambia. This exercise was aimed at establishing the language with the best performance during the aforementioned period. The study, which was partially inspired by the lack of a clear foreign language policy in Zambia, mostly focused on the performance of grade 12 pupils in French as compared to the other languages such as English and the Zambian languages. The results of the study revealed that Kikaonde (a Zambian language) had recorded the highest performance in the ten years of the study (1998-2008), whereas French had recorded the poorest performance. English language, on the other hand, was consistent in terms of performance as it never came out last in terms of performance. However, the general conclusion of the study is that the performance of Zambian pupils in all languages was rather poor, especially foreign languages.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 12; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Zambia