The rot in the examinations system

Unending woes: Besides this year's leakage scandal there are always issues surrounding invigilation and marking of final examination FILE PIC
Unending woes: Besides this year's leakage scandal there are always issues surrounding invigilation and marking of final examination FILE PIC

Issues surrounding examination paper leaks and other disturbing bad practices such as poor examination setting standards, controversial invigilation, course work assessment, marking and grading of final examinations have exposed the failure of the education system especially Botswana Examinations Council (BEC), which is trusted with the responsibility of testing learners to the next level. As the latter battles to solve the scandalous examination leak, Mmegi Staff Writer PINI BOTHOKO traces the core issues that pose a serious threat on the credibility of the whole examinations system.

The exams leak scandal Few days ago, information circulated on social media that a Science Double award Paper 3, which was written on October 5, 2023 and English paper 1 that was scheduled for October 16, 2023, had been leaked.

In total, it was then reported that five Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examinations papers had been leaked. Last Friday the Minister of Education and Skills Development (MESD), Douglas Letsholathebe postponed BGCSE examinations for a period of two weeks to allow the BEC to conduct further investigations over the leaked examinations papers.

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