A Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) official has revealed that for consecutive years, female students have been outshining their male counterparts in the Botswana General Certificate for Secondary Examinations (BGCSE).
The girls did it again in the just released results.
Releasing the 2017 results on Friday, the BEC executive secretary, Professor Brian Mokopakgosi told a media briefing that he was happy to announce that once again females students have outperformed their male counterparts.
“I do not know what is wrong with our male students as they appear to be in a difficult competition as compared to their females peers where BGCSE are concerned.
“For the past consecutive years, females have been performing better than male students. History repeated itself even this year. I call upon parents to encourage their male children to up their game,” Mokopakgosi said with a smile.
He said that a total of 37,251 candidates sat for the 2017 BGCSE of which 21,661 being 58.15% were females and 15,590 being 41.85%.
Mokopakgosi said this year there was an increase of 5.04 percent in candidature compared to 35,655 in 2016.
He said since the BGCSE is a subject-based certificate with no aggregation the measure used to gauge the performance of candidates is the proportion of candidates who were awarded grade C or better in five syllabi.
He said this year 24.05% candidates from government and government aided schools were awarded Grade C or better in five syllabi compared to 25.46% in 2016 showing a decline of 1.41 percent, indicating that the two cohorts were more or less the same quality.
“St Joseph’s College once again topped other schools and scooped position one.
“The most improved school is Ledumang Senior Secondary School. Nata Senior Secondary School also significantly improved as
Shakawe Senior Secondary School has also gone up a little bit looking at the fact that it has been performing badly over the years,” Mokopakgosi said.
In the past parents have been encouraged to continue supporting their children as it has been proven that active parental involvement in children’s educational pursuits keeps them on track during the learning process.
It has since been highlighted that doing so also discourages them from losing sight of their academic goals.
BGCSE National Ranking 2017 with Five Credits or better
1. St Joseph`s College 52.75%
2. Mater Spei College 39.95%
3. Ledumang Senior Secondary School 35.95%
4. Naledi Senior Secondary School 35.83%
5. Masunga Senior Secondary School 33.74%
6. Lotsane Senior Secondary School 32.00%
7. Selebi Phikwe Senior Secondary School 30.96%
8. Swaneng Hill Senior Secondary 30.53%
9. Nata Senior Secondary School 30.46%
10. Francistown Senior Secondary School 28.43%
11. Mogoditshane Senior Secondary School 26.33%
12. Lobatse Senior Secondary School 26.04%
13. Kagiso Senior Secondary School 24.32%
14. Gaborone Senior Secondary School 24.00%
15. Letlhakane Senior Secondary School 23.92%
16. Shashe River Senior Secondary School 23.39%
17. Moshupa Senior Secondary School 23.28%
18. Matshekge Hill Senior Secondary School 21.82%
19. Molefi Senior Secondary School 21.46%
20. Moeding College 20.64%
21. Tutume McConnell Senior Secondary School 20.45%
22. Mmadinare Senior Secondary School 20.16%
23. Maun Senior Secondary School 20.05%
24. Kgari Sechele Senior Secondary School 19.35%
25. Shakawe Senior Secondary School 19.27%
26. Madiba Senior Secondary School 18.96%
27. Seepapitso Senior Secondary School 18.42%
28. Ghanzi Senior Secondary School 15.80%
29. Moeng College 15.75%
30. Tsabong Unified 13.73%
31. Mahupu Unified 13.68%
32. Shoshong Senior Secondary School 13.29%
33. Matsha College 11.55%
34. Good-Hope Senior Secondary School 11.19%