PRESS STATEMENT: Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) has released the 2018 Junior Certificate Examinations (JCE) Results. A total of 41 062 candidates registered to write the 2018 examination showing an increase of 0.41% in candidature compared to 40 896 candidates in 2017.
There were altogether 40 353 candidates who actually sat and were awarded grades in the 2018 JCE compared to 40 079 candidates in 2017, which is a slight increase of 0.68% in the candidature. The slight increase has been observed in private centre candidates.
There were 20 109 male candidates and 20 244 female candidates sitting for the 2018 Junior Certificate Examination.
The grades available at this level are on a pass scale of A - E where Grades A to C are credit passes, while D to E are pass grades. The symbol U denotes failure to achieve the minimum requirements of Grade E while the symbol X denotes failure to meet minimum requirement for the award of a qualification.
Overall performance for government schools only indicates that 85.80% of candidates obtained Grades E or better (pass grades) compared to 83.10% in 2017 showing an increase of 2.70%. The performance also indicates that 38.00% of the candidates obtained Grades C or better (credit grades) compared to 35.90% in 2017, showing an increase of 2.10%. This represents a significant improvement for this category.
Overall performance for all 2018 JCE candidates (including private school candidates and private candidates) indicates that 85.80% of candidates obtained Grades E or better (pass grades) compared to 82.90% in 2017, showing an increase of 2.90%. The performance also indicates that 36.00% of candidates obtained Grades C or better (credit grades) compared to 34.48% in 2017, showing an increase of 1.52%. This shows that for all candidates the pass rate is at 85.80%.
Performance at individual grades is as follows:
Merit Six (6) candidates obtained a Merit compared to two (2) in 2017.
Grade A 483 candidates (1.2%) compared to 376 (0.94%) in 2017, showing an increase of 0.26%.
Grade B 4 104 candidates (10.2%) compared to 3 875 (9.67%) in 2017, showing an increase of 0.53%.
Grade C 9 944 candidates (24.60%) compared to 9 568 (23.87%), showing an increase of 0.73%.
Grade D 14 234 candidates (35.30%) compared to 13 852 (33.89%), showing an increase of 1.41%.
Grade E 5 863 candidates (14.50%) compared to 5 825 (14.53%), showing a decrease of 0.03%.
Ungraded (U) 5 719 candidates (14.2%) compared to 6 851 (17.09%), showing a decrease of 2.89%.
This year, 709 candidates were awarded an X compared to 817 in 2017.
Distribution of the results will be done as follows:
1. Distribution to Centres: Centres using the Malepa application will be given access to the system and the others will be sent the results through the post.
2. Distribution to Regional Offices: Regional Offices will access the results through the Malepa system.
3. Individual Candidates: Candidates will be able to access the results through the BEC Website as well as SMS. The How to Access results guidelines are available on the BEC Facebook Page Botswana Examinations Council, BEC Website
For further enquiries please contact the BEC toll free number 0800 601 025.