Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Former PS heads enquiry team into Examinations fiasco

The Government has appointed former Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary, Keetla Masogo, to lead the Committee of Enquiry into the 2010 examinations.

The Ministry of Education and Skills Development’s Chief Public Relations Officer, Nomsa Zuze, revealed that the committee has been appointed with effect from June 1 and its time frame to perform its duties is a period of three months.┬á

Zuze, however, did not reveal the immediate objectives of the committee.  

“The committee is already in progress and it is expected to deliver within the targeted period of time,” said Zuze.

She stated that the committee comprises of Civil Society Bogongo Chairman, Member of Parliament, Abram Kesupile, and attorney Uyapo Ndadi. Additional members include, Ester Montsho and also a parent representative from the Parents Teachers Association.

The Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) is mandated under Section 5 of the Botswana Examinations Act No. 11 of 2002, “to conduct schools examinations and any other examinations for the Ministry and issue certificates in respect of such examinations.

Last year, when the Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) released the 2010 Botswana Government Certificate in Secondary Education (BGCSE) results, they showed an overall decline of performance of two percent compared to last year.

Over 29,000 students sat for the examinations, which were marred by controversy over invigilation and submission of coursework results.

Both parents and students argued that the conditions of the examinations were not conducive for an examination.

Teachers also showed support for the appointment of the Committee of enquiry of last year examinations.

Late last year, Francistown South Legislator Winter Mmolotsi tabled a motion in Parliament requesting government to institute a commission of enquiry into the 2010 schools final examinations crisis.

He said the enquiry would reveal whether the exams satisfy both the validity and reliability tests, whether the environment students wrote the exams in was conducive.

Mmolotsi also said the enquiry will reveal whether the invigilators were competent enough to perform the duty, whether there were cases of malpractice, such as paper leaking, in which remedial action was not taken.


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