Special needs students likely to miss 2015 exams

Junior Secondary School in a class
Junior Secondary School in a class

Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) has tightened compliance to its policy on examining special needs learners, a move likely to see these candidates excluded from the 2015 national examinations if schools fail to adhere.

The policy requires that separate rooms for each candidate and audio recording equipment must be availed by centres to candidates who need a scribe or reader during examinations.

Teachers have protested the move as unattainable following last week’s communication from the exams council. Last Thursday, teachers across centres with special needs learners reported that BEC’s special needs personnel were making rounds in institutions to inform them that this year these candidates have to sit for the exams in separate rooms.

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