Two students have obtained merit in the 2014 Junior Certificate Examinations, showing an improvement compared to 2013 when no one got a merit.
The 2014 JCE results released by the Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) on Friday show that a total of 40 559 candidates wrote the 2014 examination showing an increase in candidature of 4.2% from the 2013 candidature of 38 944. There were 19 963 male candidates and 20 596 female candidates sitting for the 2014 Junior Certificate Examination.
The council says in a press statement that overall performance indicates that 14 045 (34.63%) candidates have been awarded Grade C or better compared to 13 739 (35.2%) in 2013.
“Two candidates have satisfied the requirement for the award of Merit, while there were no candidates obtaining Merit in 2013. There are 367 candidates at Grade A and 4 007 candidates at Grade B, showing an insignificant increase of 0.11% and 0.18% respectively compared to 2013. The number of candidates awarded Grade C is 9 669 (23.8%) compared to 9 626 (24.7%) in 2013,” reads the statement by Fingile Makgalemele, Corporate Communications Manager.
At Grade D, there are 12 914 (31.8%) candidates compared to 13 662 (35.1%) in 2013 while there are 6 201 (15.3%) candidates awarded Grade E compared to 5 540 (14.2%) in 2013. The proportion of candidates at Grade D decreased by 3.26% while at Grade E there has been an increase of 1.09%.
The results also show that in 2014, 6 395 (15.77%) candidates obtained Grade U compared to 5 592 (14.4%) in 2013, which is an increase of 1.37%.
Regarding the distribution of the results, the council said individual candidates will be able to access the results through the BEC Website, as well as through SMS.
“The results will be sent to the centres through Express Mail Service (EMS). Regional Offices will access the results through the Malepa system as well as CDs which will be delivered through EMS,” read the statement.
The Junior Certificate Examination (JCE) assesses achievement of learners who have completed three years of secondary education. The 2014 JCE assessed candidates on seventeen (17) syllabi, one (1) of which was available to private candidates only. The assessment was carried through written examinations, practical examinations and coursework assessment. There was a total of forty-nine (49) papers comprising of; eleven (11) multiple choice papers, twenty seven (27) open-ended or free response papers, eight (8) coursework components and three (3) practical examinations. The 2014 examination is the third assessment on the revised curriculum that was introduced in 2010. The main thrust of the revised curriculum is to provide learners with pre-vocational preparation through knowledge and selected practical experiences as well as building a foundation that enables individuals to cultivate manipulative ability, positive work attitudes and ultimately making informed choices for future careers.
In response to this, BEC developed new sets of assessments aimed at supporting the new curriculum by bringing out of the learners important skills which will position the candidates for the world of work and vocational preparedness as well as preparing them for long life learning. Thus, standard based grading was introduced in 2012, continued for the 2014 JCE. Candidates were graded in all the syllabi they sat for.