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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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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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