The Botswana Examination Council Executive Secretary Professor Brian Mokopakgosi says parents of the deceased Matsha students have not yet requested council to exempt their children’s results from being displayed next year when the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (results ) are released. Mokopakgosi said on Monday - when sharing with the media processes of examination and other issues concerning his institution - that the council usually allows students to graduate posthumously even when they have passed on. “Parents can then opt to get their certificate in absentia if they so wish,” said Mokopakgosi.
Matsha students met their demise early this month when a truck they were travelling in overturned leading to seven of the more than 100 students who were packed in the truck losing their lives. Parents of four of the students who passed on, had apparently openly told government officials who had attended memorial service in honour of the students that they do not want to see their children’s BGCSE final results which will be released early next year. This, they say, will save them from being reminded that their children are gone and will save them the pain that will come with it. Meanwhile Mokopakgosi revealed that Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results will be released sometimes next week. He also stated that for all the three levels of examinations taken (PSLE, JCE, and BGCE) no results will be released beyond the time they were released last year.