Urbanites maintain dominance in PSLE results

Schools in cities and towns continue to perform better than their counterparts in rural districts. Selebi-Phikwe leads in the number of candidates who obtained Grade A at 30.7 percent, followed by Jwaneng at 26.7 percent. In third place is Gaborone at 23.1 percent. A proportion of candidates awarded Grades A to C also put the copper-nickel mining town ahead of the rest at 86.6 percent, with Jwaneng in second place at 85.5 percent. Francistown follows with 82.7 percent while Gaborone is fourth at 80.5 percent.

According to the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) summary report of the Botswana Examinations Council (BEC), compared to last year (2011), the proportion of candidates earning pass grades (grade A to C) in 2012, increased in nine local authorities except for Gaborone, Gantsi, Kgatleng, Lobatse and North East, which show a decline of 0.2 percent, 2.1 percent, 1.1 percent, 7.2 percent, and 3.0 percent respectively.Performance in the 2012 PSLE increased slightly from 12.9 percent in 2011 to 13.2 percent for grade A. Percentage of candidates who obtained grade B decreased slightly by 0.7 percent from 15.9 percent in 2011 to 15.2 percent in 2012.Candidates at grade C increased slightly to 36.6 percent in 2012 from 35.2 percent in 2011.

The proportion of candidates at grade D has increased from 32.7 percent (2011) to 34.4 percent (2012) while at grade E there was a decrease to 0.7 percent (2012) from 3.2 percent (2011). Furthermore, the report shows the highest proportion of candidates awarded grade A in English at 18.7 percent. The lowest proportion of candidates awarded grade A is in Agriculture at 1.1 percent. Setswana has the highest proportion of candidates at grade B with 40.9 percent compared to other subjects. Setswana also has the highest proportion of candidates awarded grade C at 43.7 percent compared to other subjects. "Science has the highest proportion of candidates awarded grade D at 39.1 percent when compared to other subjects. Agriculture has the highest proportion of candidates awarded grade E with 42.8 percent," the BEC says.

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