JCE results out
The Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) has released the 2012 Junior Certificate Examinations (JCE) results. A press release from BCE states that 38 385 students wrote the examination.
Out of the 38 385 candidates, there were 19 312 male candidates and 19 073 females.
It further notes that five candidates obtained Merit, 590 (1.5%) obtained Grade A, 4 722 (12%) obtained Grade B, 10 320 (26%) obtained Grade C, 13 031 (33.9%) obtained Grade D, 4 724 (12.3%) obtained Grade E and 4 996 (13.0%) obtained Grade U.
The release also states that the 2012 JCE was the first examination for the revised junior secondary curriculum which was implemented in 2010. BEC was required to come up with new assessment designs that were aligned to the philosophical and outcome intentions of the new curriculum.
The release further notes that the introduction of the new curriculum came at a point when BEC was in the process of changing the assessment at JCE with regard to the way syllabuses were graded. Starting with 2012 examinations, JCE syllabuses were graded using a standards-based grading procedure and not the norm-referenced grading procedure used in previous examinations.
The release also explains that for the award of a JCE qualification, candidates have been graded on seven subjects against nine used in the previous examinations.
These include English, Setswana, Mathematics, Science, one optional subject and the best two from the remaining subjects. Candidate with Setswana exemption were graded on seven subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, one optional subject and the best three from the remaining subjects.
The 2012 JCE results show a lower proportion of candidates attaining grades C or better (40.7%) compared to the results of 2011 (47.7%).
The release however says this should not be taken to mean that the 2012 group was weaker. It explains that the discrepancies in the results reflected the effect of a grading procedure that was more focused on knowledge and skills actually attained by the students.
Candidates who failed to meet minimum requirements for Grade E have been awarded Grade U. Candidates can get their results through the SMS technology.
The format is JCE Centre_No Student. The SMS numbers are 75634390, 76933680 and 75826714.The results are also available from BEC website of www.bec.co.bw. ENDS
Source : BOPA
Author : BOPA
Location : GABORONE
Event : Press release
Date : Jan 15 Tue,2013