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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As of yesterday evening, the death toll from the Cyclone in Malawi had risen from the initially reported 190 to 225 in a short period of time, over 20 000 people have been displaced, and the worst of fears are yet to come as the fatalities continue to mount. This was reported by a Malawi Member of Parliament attending the Pan African Parliament session in Midrand, South Africa, Hon Steven Mikiya.
Mikiya was giving a statement on behalf of Malawi as the ongoing Pan African Parliament in South Africa.
Mikiya said the Cyclone has wreaked the most havoc in our country’s Southern Region. “The Southern Region, has been hardest hit with widespread heavy rains and strong winds. This caused a rapid rise in water levels and subsequent flooding. Meanwhile, power supply has been disrupted, roads blocked off and rendered impassable and mudslides have also been widely reported,” he said.
He made a special appeal to the PAP: “Where I come from, there is a parable which I would like to share with you which says, “mzako weniweni umamudziwa panthawi ya mavuto.” Simply put, a friend in need is a friend indeed or put loosely, a person who helps at a difficult time is a friend you can rely on.”
Mikiya continued: “Yes! Misfortune has knocked on our door and left in its wake a trail of death and destruction that may take years to fully recover from. However, amidst these difficulties, I have every reason to believe that sometimes when you are in a dark place and think you have been buried, you have actually been planted. My belief, Mr. President, arises out of my faith in this gathering and out of the conviction that it is not coincidental that Cyclone Freddy hit Malawi and Mozambique while the delegations of both countries are here.”
According to Mikiya, the level of destruction, the loss of life, property and the decimation of the entire fabric of established communities has been unprecedented. He noted that all this, is coming at a time when Malawi was starting to show signs of recovery from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that also came hard on the heels of Cyclone Ana and Cyclone Gombe that left a similar trail of devastation and destruction in Malawi and neighbouring countries.
As of Sunday, this week, from the 12th of March, Malawi and Mozambique have been facing the devastating effects of Cyclone Freddy that made a landfall over Mozambique on Saturday the 11th and reached Malawi by Sunday the 12th of March.
The Malawi legislator said he has absolute faith in the Pan African Parliament, which he described as “a league of nations brought together by a shared ancestry, history, identity as well as our beloved continent which we inhabit”.
Meanwhile, Malawi President, Lazarus Chakwera, has declared a State of Disaster in the affected areas effectively appealing for local and international support for the affected families.
Mikiya appealed to the Pan African Parliament drawing “positive” inspiration from Europe which rallied around Turkey after the destructive earthquakes to bring the much-needed relief and humanitarian aid to the people of Turkey.
He said Africa should demonstrate to the world that the African Union and its Organs are not mere talk shows, but effective institutions which stand up when it matters most.
“Alone, it may take us a lifetime to fully recover, but together, in the Pan-Africanist spirit of Ubuntu, our lives and livelihoods will return to a semblance of normality in record time. This is the time to live by our operative mantra, “One Africa, One Voice.” Mikiya concluded.