FRANCISTOWN: Happiness rules in North-East District (NED) as once again the district tops the country in the just released Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) results.
In three consecutive years, NED has been holding on this position after scooping position one in 2013, 2014 and did it again this year.
The regional director for operations in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MoESD), Galesenngwe Mohube, said they were excited at the achievement noting that it is not normal to always retain the position.
Mohube said that all of the strategies that they used in preparing for the examinations have worked and they will continue to come up with other ideas to further improve the results.
“Preparations for 2016 PSLE exams have started in our region because the idea is for the district not to drop from position one,” said Mohube, disclosing that at the moment they are busy monitoring information on Standard Six pupils performance.
A statement from Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) shows that even though there is a slight decrease of 0.28 percent, NED toppled other districts with 84.38 percent to once more emerge this year’s PSLE champions. Last year’s runner-up South East district is still in position two with 81.14 percent this year.
The report shows that performance in the 2015 PSLE results has increased by 0.45 percent, from 14.2 percent in 2014 to 14.65 percent in 2015 for Grade A.
The percentage of candidates obtaining Grade B has increased by 0.49 percent, from 17.35 in 2014 to 17.84 in 2015. Candidates at Grade C decreased slightly by 0.36 percent from 37.62 percent in 2014 to 37.25 percent in 2015.
The statement shows that as compared to 2014, the proportion of candidates earning pass grades (Grade A to C) increased in seven districts with exception of Lobatse with the greatest decline of 9.53 percent, Gantsi with a decline of 3.11 percent, Jwaneng (decline of 1.34 percent), South East (decline of 2.06 percent) and North East (decline of 0.28 percent). Kgatleng has the greatest improvement of 4.20 percent, while Chobe is at 2.93 percent.
The least performing district is Gantsi, with the least Grade A (5.78 percent) and largest proportion of Grade D (35.30 percent).