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BEC promises accurate, credible results


Botswana Examination Council (BEC) which is mandated to conduct school examinations has made assurances that the coming examination results will be credible and accurate.


It is understood that BEC, by using Malepa system, will improve accuracy in registration and examination processes, controls and accountability, data flow between centres and BEC, efficient production of results and production of complex results.


“Our focus is on the upcoming results. We have made judgments that we are ready, and therefore we will make results that are credible and accurate,” BEC Executive Director Brian Mokopakgosi, told a packed press briefing this week.


The purpose of the briefing was to update stakeholders on the 2014 examinations in order to preempt too many enquiries about when the results will be released.


As such, Mokopakgosi said due to their preparedness, they anticipate releasing the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results before Christmas during the second week of December adding that “unless something happens.”


Many factors, he said, came into play during the discussion of when to release the Junior Certificate Examination (JCE) results but a consensus was reached that the results will be released by third week of January 2015.


With regard to the Botswana General Certificate Secondary Examination (BGCSE) results Mokopakgosi said they should be expected fourth week of February.   


It is understood that BEC conducts the three examinations, using same limited staff resources and it is further compounded by the increasing candidature at all three levels.


This year, a total of 42 851 will sit for PSLE, 41 499 will write JCE while only 37 489 will be sitting for BGCSE, all in government, private school, BOCODOL/OSET and BEC private centres across the country.


In light of the 121 839 candidates at the three levels, BEC Executive Director highlighted that  some of the challenges they face is that they have centres spread across the breadth of this huge country with very poor communication infrastructure and serious security challenges.


“And all together we use over 5,000 markers and moderators (4,867 markers and 613 moderators totaling 5,580), whom we coordinate, accommodate and remunerate. This is the context for the administration of national examinations.”


In accordance with the examination process, he said “it’s a very long and complex process that begins with registration and ends with certification.”


According to Mokopakgosi, the process includes registration, printing of examination materials, training of invigilators, appointment of moderators, examiners, invigilators, brailists, preparation of private candidates centres, moderation, delivery of examination materials to centres, administration of examinations, marking of examination scripts, data capture, scoring, grading, and grade review (for BGCSE).


In addition, still on the process it entails special consideration meetings, council examinations meetings, final awards meetings, publication reports, release of results, results enquiries and printing of certificates.

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Gov’t shy to shame failing ministers

22nd February 2021
Morwaeng

Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng together with Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Elias Magosi, this week refused to name and shame the worst performing Ministries and to disclose the best performing Ministries since beginning of 12th parliament including the main reasons for underperformance.

Of late there have been a litany of complaints from both ends of the aisle with cabinet members accused of providing parliament with unsatisfactory responses to the questions posed. In fact for some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers a meeting with the ministers and party leadership is overdue to address their complaints. Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile is also not happy with ministers’ performance.

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Bokamoso, Gov’t in P10M womb removal suit

22nd February 2021
Bokamoso

Bokamoso Private Hospital is battling a P10 million legal suit for a botched fibroids operation which resulted in a woman losing an entire womb and her prospects of bearing children left at zero.

The same suit has also befallen the Attorney General of Botswana who is representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness for their contributory negligence of having the unlawful removal of a patient, Goitsemang Magetse’s womb.

According to the court papers, Magetse says that sometimes in November 2019, she was diagnosed with fibroids at Marina Hospital where upon she was referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital to schedule an appointment for an operation to remove the fibroids, which she did.

Magetse continues that at the instance of one Dr Li Wang, the surgeon who performed the operation, and unknown to her, an operation to remove her whole womb was conducted instead.
According to Magetse, it was only through a Marina Hospital regular check-up that she got to learn that her whole womb has been removed.

“At the while she was under the belief that only her fibroids have been removed. By doing so, the hospital has subjected itself to some serious delictual liability in that it performed a serious and life changing operation on patient who was under the belief that she was doing a completely different operation altogether. It thus came as a shock when our client learnt that her womb had been removed, without her consent,” said Magetse’s legal representatives, Kanjabanga and Associates in their summons.

The letter further says, “this is an infringement of our client‘s rights and this infringement has dire consequences on her to the extent that she can never bear children again”. ‘It is our instruction therefore, to claim as we hereby do, damages in the sum of BWP 10,000,000 (ten million Pula) for unlawful removal of client’s womb,” reads Kanjabanga Attorneys’ papers. The defendants are yet to respond to the plaintiff’s papers.

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime — however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.

The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.

Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.

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Masisi warned against a sinking Botswana

22nd February 2021
Ndaba GAolatlhe

The Alliance for Progressives (AP) President Ndaba Gaolathe has said that despite major accolades that Botswana continues to receive internationally with regard to the state of economy, the prospects for the future are imperilled.

Delivering his party Annual Policy Statement on Thursday, Gaolathe indicated that Botswana is in a state of do or die, and that the country’s economy is on a sick bed. With a major concern for poverty, Gaolathe pointed out that almost half of Botswana’s people are ravaged by or are about to sink into poverty.  “Our young people have lost the fire to dream about what they could become,” he said.

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