What shortage, BEC says but unionists are unconvinced

Form Five exams are ongoing FILE PICTURE
Form Five exams are ongoing FILE PICTURE

The Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) says it is not facing a shortage of examiners for most of the ongoing Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exams, despite a widely circulated letter on social media to that effect.

In fact, the national examinations body says it has been flooded with applications from teachers expressing willingness to mark Form 5 scripts.

The letter, purportedly authored by one Reabetswe Koosenye from the BEC’s human resource department and addressed to school heads states in part: “following the advertisement and subsequent extension for 2017 marking, BEC is still experiencing shortages of examiners in most syllabuses” (sic). Further the letter says the BEC is aware that the first call for applications might not have reached other teachers interested in the marking exercise.

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