Unregulated tutoring centres worry Rari

Worried: Rari noted that the  BEC is not carrying out its core duties 
PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Worried: Rari noted that the BEC is not carrying out its core duties PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) secretary-general, Tobokani Rari, has raised a concern on the rapid expansion of unregulated tutoring centres in the country.

This comes after examination papers were leaked ahead of time, causing the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Examination (BGCSE) to be postponed for two weeks. It was reported that a private chief invigilator leaked a total of seven subjects and 19 components (examination papers) were leaked to five private tuition centres in the North West region. The seven subjects are; Science Double Award, Mathematics, Commerce, Social Studies, Setswana, Geography and English. In a recent interview with Mmegi, Rari stated that the Ministry of Basic Education and Skills Development does not regulate a large number of tutoring centres.

He said instruction and learning take place in a classroom setting at the same unlicensed tutoring facility. He added that the examination procedure is also flawed because the Botswana Examination Council (BEC) does not thoroughly vet private centres before approving them to conduct examinations. He stated that because there was no comprehensive assessment, BEC ended up allowing unqualified private tutoring facilities to conduct examinations. The BOSETU scribe stated that because there was no thorough assessment, BEC ended up allowing unqualified private tutoring facilities to take part in examinations. Rari noted that because BEC is not carrying out its core duties, the leaks clearly show that the organisation lacks credibility. He added that it was fortunate that the leakage was made public this time around because it casts doubt on the validity of earlier tests and their conclusions.

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