Girls attending PEAS secondary schools in Zambia are performing 13% better than the national average and are reversing a countrywide trend by outperforming boys.

In 2013, PEAS schools were performing 2% better than the national average when it came to G9 pass-rates. The latest results show that PEAS schools have widened the gap even further to 7% showing the quality education approach reaping benefits.

Across the country, 50% of boys passed their G9 exams in comparison to 46% of girls. In PEAS schools, the pass rate for girls was almost 60%. Girls in PEAS schools particularly excelled in integrated science and English whereas the boys performed better in French and social studies.

Of the 289 PEAS students that took the G9 exams last academic year, 55% achieved the certificate compared to a Zambia average of 48%.

Managing Director for PEAS Zambia, Racheal Kalaba, said: “We’re delighted with how all our students have performed in the G9 exams. Our pass rates are in line with or above the average for Zambia which shows the improvements being made in our schools.

This time next year the results will be even better.

A contributing factor towards the success of girls in PEAS school may be the fact that, along with the Zambia Country Director, the school leaders at both George Secondary School and Kawama Secondary School in the Copperbelt Province are women.

PEAS has a team Zambian education experts who oversee the management of the school networks ensure that the schools deliver high quality.  Our in-country Education and Programmes Teams support schools and deliver a number of interventions to drive up school quality including:

  • On-going teacher and school leader training
  • Curriculum development projects
  • Constructive school inspections and audits
  • Community engagement interventions
  • Child protection and gender inclusion interventions

In terms of pupil progress, PEAS students achieve ¼ grade better than their starting primary school leavers examination grades would predict. On this important “value-addition” measure of progress, we can see that pupils make significantly more progress in PEAS school than in your average Ugandan school.

PEAS Founder and CEO, John Rendel, commented: “These results show the fantastic progress girls are making in our secondary schools." 

Gone are the days when girls were excluded from education. They’re now beginning to excel and no-where in Zambia can this be seen more than in PEAS Copperbelt secondary schools.

“Our school network, both in Zambia and Uganda, focuses on the quality of education provided with regular inspections and teacher training. The latest exam results are testament to the hard work of PEAS staff and our students who benefit from PEAS very low fees.”

Following the launch of the PEAS schools in Zambia in 2010, committee were been formed with representatives from PEAS, local businesses, the school and village government as well as a member elected by the community. It helped lobby the local government to grade the access road to the school and organising a local school bus. The local community have also organised a ‘community watch’ rota to support the school guard in protecting the poultry project, which will provide a vital source of income for the school.

Racheal Kalaba is Managing Director for PEAS Zambia. Racheal has quickly settled in to become part of the small but efficient team in Ndola. Racheal has worked with the Catholic Diocese of Ndola to support orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), their guardians and parents, including through the provision of psychosocial support.

John Rendel is the Founder and Chief Executive of PEAS. John founded PEAS in 2004 after visiting Uganda and discovering the huge need for secondary education. John is a Teach First Ambassador, has won a Top 100 Social Innovators by the Rockefeller Foundation and was named in the Courvoisier Future 500 as one of five young leaders in the public and social sectors.