ZANIS reports that Ministry of General Education Permanent Secretary Henry Tukombe announced the results at a press briefing in Lusaka today.
Mr Tukombe, said that 37,050 representing (34.12%) were male and 71,545 representing (65.88%) were female.
He said a total of 124,780 registered candidates entered for the examinations, of whom 43,070 (34.5%) were male and 81,60 (65.5%) were female, representing an increase of 18.60% from the 2015 GCE examination.
“Of the 124,780 registered candidates, 116,883 (93.67) sat for the examination of whom 77,291 (66.13%) were female while 39,592 (33.87%) were male indicating that there were more female candidates sitting for the examination “said Mr Tukombe.
He added that a total number of 7,897 candidates were absent from the examinations, of whom 4,419 were female and 3,478 were male representing an absenteeism rate of 6.33% which is a decrease from 9.67% recorded in the 2015 GCE examination.
The permanent secretary noted that there is an increase in the proportion of candidates that obtained GCE certificates from 90% recorded in 2015 to 92% in 2016.
He said the ministry of education is happy that since the inception of the GCE examination, candidates have continued to increase and that government will continue with the programme.
Mr Tukombe, also disclosed that there were no reported cases of examination leakages during the 2016 examinations.
He advised candidates to collect statements of results from their respective examination centres.