North East District schools in double achievement


FRANCISTOWN: It is copious celebrations in the North East District (NED) as once again the district tops the country in the just released Junior Certificate (JC) result.

The districts also topped the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results late last year.

The district got a 49.4 percent pass rate. Previous year champions South East District followed with 45.8 percent. NED were runners-up in the previous year. A statement from Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) shows a slight improvement in results in comparison to last year. There are for example, two students who passed with merit this year as compared to last year where there was none.

For Grade A and B the results showed insignificant increase of 0.11 percent and 0.18 percent respectively as compared to last year.

The report shows that South East region was leading with Grade A with 1.8 percent, followed by North East with 1.5 percent. More students got B in South East with 15.2 percent and North East with 14.7 percent.

Kgalagadi and North West regions have the lowest numbers of A to C and high proportions of Grade E and U. In an interview with Mmegi, Oupa Masesane the regional director for operations in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MoESD) said they were excited at the achievement.   Masesane said that last year they took position two in PSLE results with South East being champions but this year they worked hard to topple them both in JC and PSLE results. Masesane noted that all of the strategies that they used in preparing for the examinations had worked. He said they would continue to come up with other ideas to improve the results.

He said while preparing for the examinations they gave students the opportunity to evaluate their teachers and followed the teachers with positive attitude and feedback as motivation towards their good work.

“We did not want to waste time on negativity. Those that were rated good motivated teachers who were rated poor and it worked for us. We did not want negative attitudes to dominate and ruin our goals, “ he said. “Ever since we started doing this, we have develop a close relationship with teachers, they are now able to share with us their condition of service and free to ask for help, “ said Masesane.

He said that they had also engaged community leaders like city mayors, Dikgosi as well as councillors to discuss ways of improving their children’s education.. “I think their involvement has assisted us because the majority of schools have improved.  We will continue coming up with other strategies for better marks,” said Masesane.

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