BEC worried about malpractice

SHARE   |   Monday, 05 December 2016   |   By Staff Writer
Professor Mokopakgosi Professor Mokopakgosi

The reoccurrence of malpractice continues to be a cause for concern for officials at Botswana Examinations Council (BEC). BEC Chief Executive Officer Professor Brian Mokopakgosi said this year they have recorded three cases of malpractice at Junior Certificate level and two at Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education level. According to statistics, there has been an increase of such cases at BGCSE from zero in 2015 while at JCE there was a drop from last year’s five. When addressing the media in Gaborone on Thursday Professor Mokopakgosi said though the number may be low, they want to deal away totally with the incidents. “Usually the intended act of malpractice is to the advantage of some students and it is not allowed,” he said. The CEO, however, declined to reveal the centres where the cases have been recorded; saying investigations are currently on-going. “The cases are under investigation and once proven appropriate action will be taken,” he added. Mokopakgosi said they are working hard to eliminate malpractice from the examinations completely so that people can start trusting them. According to him, some of the cases that are usually recorded of malpractice centre on practical subjects.

At PSLE there has been a reduction of cases from eight (8) in 2013 to only one in 2016. At BGCSE the trend also had a downward move to two in 2016 from last year’s four cases. However, effort still needs to be made at JC where seven (7) cases of maladministration have been recorded this year, constituting an increase from one in 2015. Despite all this Mokopakgosi said overall the process is going very well this year and it was promising that results will be released on time. In the past there have been numerous complaints that exam results took too long to be released. Mokopakgosi said at times this is because the same staff is used to process all the three examinations which takes time.  He, however, promised that as far as he is aware this year the results will be released on time. “With marking completed on the 7th November 2016 for the Primary School Leaving Examinations, the results are expected to be released sometime next week,” he said. He said JC results are expected to be released on the 3rd week of January while BGCSE results are to release during the 4th week of February 2016. “We are working very hard each year to reduce the time we take to release the results. We strive to beat our previous dates every year,” said Mokopakgosi.