Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) has released the 2015 Junior Certificate Examination (JCE) results, showing a decline in performance of 1.2 per cent compared to last year. A statement from BEC Executive Secretary Brian Mokopakgosi on Friday evening said a total of 41 938 candidates wrote the 2015 examination showing an increase in candidature of 3.4% from the 2014 candidature of 40 559. There were 20 621 male candidates and 21 317 female candidates sitting for the 2015 Junior Certificate Examination.
Overall performance indicates that 33.4% of candidates have been awarded Grade C or better compared to 34.6% in 2014, which represents a drop of 1.2%. This year, one (1) candidate has satisfied the requirement for the award of Merit compared to two (2) candidates obtaining merit last year. There is an insignificant decrease in the percentage of candidates awarded grades A (-0.4%) and B (-1.2%) this year compared to 2014.
The proportion of candidates at grade D increased by 1.7% while at grade E there has been a decrease of 1.0%. Furthermore, in 2015, 6 932 which is (16.5%) candidates obtained Grade U compared to 6 395 (15.8%) in 2014, which is an increase of 0.7%. U denotes that a candidate failed to meet minimum requirements for Grade E. X denotes that a candidate failed to meet the requirements for the award of the qualification.
Meanwhile, BEC has also released the Mulambakwena, St Patrick’s and Sebele I Primary Schools’ 2015 PSLE Results. These results were withheld since the 11th of December 2015 because of abnormal performance patterns that were detected in the three schools’ PSLE outcome. The BEC took time to scrutinise the three centres’ results and has successfully concluded the inquiry.
The Council has not found any conclusive evidence of malpractice by the schools and as a consequence has concluded that the results represent the candidates’ capabilities, hence the release of the results. The results are provisional until the end of six weeks starting from the 22nd January, 2016.