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BGCSE registers 24.5 % pass rate

Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) has released the 2017 General Certificate for Secondary Education (BGCSE) results. Students’ pass rate has however declined slightly from 2016 results.

A total of 37 251 candidates wrote the examination, with a total of 21 661 female candidates and 15 590 male candidates. Professor Brian Mokopakgosi said in a press conference on Friday that, “This year 24.5 percent candidates from government and government aided schools were awarded grade C or better in five syllabi compared to 25.46 percent in 2016. This shows a slight decline of 1.41 percent.”

He went on to state that female candidates continue to outperform their male counterparts. Their performance, he said is in fact getting even better every year.  This, he highlighted is not a pattern only in Botswana but all over the world. St. Josephs College yet again came out tops, however, it has registered a decline in performance.

Mokopakgosi applauded Nata SSS for being the most improved school this year. He said even though they were not at the top, they have gone up in points as compared to last year. He said he was also happy with Shakawe SSS as they were also improving every year. “Shakawe used to be so poor, but in 2016 we noticed some improvements, and in 2017 again. Maybe in 2018 they will do even better,” he said.

The professor also commented on the issue of maladministration and malpractice that they sometime come across. He noted that scripts sometimes do go missing and that it would be because of wrong packaging. He said they do not manufacture results, stating that if they happen to go missing they would just announce that the scripts were missing.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

22nd November 2021
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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