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MASERU — At least 6 920 students attained first class in the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) this year, Education Minister ‘Mamphono Khaketla said on Tuesday.

Khaketla told a press conference in Maseru that this was a 2.8 percent improvement on last year’s results.

The number of students who attained second class pass also improved.

“However, there is a significant decline in the performance of candidates in the third class category,” Khaketla said.

The minister said the number of students attaining third class slumped by 6.7 percent.

However, the overall number of candidates who passed the PSLE decreased by 0.3 percent to 87.2 percent, Khaketla said.

She added that 5 197 candidates (12.7 percent) failed to satisfy the minimum requirement for the award of a PSLE certificate.

This was 0.2 percent higher than last year.

About 42 635 students registered for the examinations with only 40 752 managing to sit the exams.

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