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PSLE results of 17 candidates withheld



Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) has registered five cases of maladministration and one suspected case of malpractice in the 2018 Primary Leaving School Examinations (PSLE).

Addressing the press on Monday, BEC Executive Secretary, Professor Brian Mokopakgosi said the incidents of maladministration are not very serious.For example, it would be that an examiner started the exam either a few minutes before or after the stipulated time. Malpractice on the other hand, is more serious and has to do with fraud that can put the credibility of the examination in doubt. In addition, this is punishable. “Investigations are continuing into this matter,” Prof. Mokopakgosi said. The results from the centre have also been withheld pending conclusion of the investigation.

According to the 2018 PSLE Results, these accounted for results of 17 candidates, who are currently graded under Grade X. BEC Executive Secretary also reported that this year, three cases of break-ins were reported compared to six last year. Investigations however, revealed that no examination materials were tampered with during the break-ins.

This has been attributed to the fact that examination time coincides with prize giving ceremonies in schools, therefore the intent of the break-ins might have been entirely to steal valuable items. Prof. Mokopakgosi told the Press that with a large number of primary school examination centres across the country, there is a possibility of one or two centres that might not satisfy the standards.

He said to ensure that the right processes and procedures are followed, and that results are credible, they appoint regional examination administrators to do inspections. However, he admitted that they have not had enough resources to cover all the 839 primary schools in the country.

This year, they appointed 29 regional examination administrators that inspected 386 centres. “The report from the regional examinations administrators shows that the examination environment was generally satisfactory,” Mokopakgosi said.

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FREE AT LAST: LGBTI persons celebrate

Yvonne Mooka



CELEBRATION TIME: The LGBT community celebrated the historic ruling on same sex romance this Tuesday

Thapelo Matshameko, a transgender woman who last year was attacked at Trekkers night club in Gaborone is over the moon about the High Court ruling that overturned a law that criminalised same sex relations.

A trans-woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. In response to the ruling, she told The Midweek Sun that even though she has had it tough before with people calling her ‘Brazen’ and to stop behaving like a woman, she is now happy that the law recognises that they exist. She said that Batswana are now becoming tolerant towards Lesbians Gays Bisexual Transgender and Intersex persons.

“Recently I went out for dinner with my bae, and I came all the way from my house wearing a dress. People that know me loved it and my boyfriend loved it even more,” she says, adding that the verdict will also help other LGBTI persons that are in the closet to come out.

In a previous interview Metshameko pleaded for assistance from members of the public to help her do a surgery that would make her a complete woman. For Motswakgakala Sithole also known as Motswafere in music circles, the ruling shows that Botswana is one step closer to gay marriages.

“Thank you to all the visible gay people. We take punches for those hiding and those shaming us for being visible and exercising our rights. You guys attended court cases with pride and you have carried us to freedom,” he said.

He also thanked Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), lawyers in the case, the media, and friends of the LGBTI community for their support. Phio Kenosi who identifies as trans non-binary asexual woma-romantic, (romantically attracted to the feminine essence), was also ecstatic.

“It is obviously showing that we are moving in a new direction that is positive and inclusive towards sexual and gender minority,” he said.

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Wame – a little einstein in the making

Irene Shone




Wame Petit Kangumbe, 12, is an Optometrist in the making.

Kangumbe envisions taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to the next level by inventing something scientific in the future.The standard 7 pupil at Ratsie Setlhako Primary School in Palapye impressed everyone during the BIUST 5th STEM Festival and Research and Innovation Symposium with her sharp answers during the fest.

The little Scientist believes that the entire country should embrace science and do more experiments, to find out more about our physical environment and shed dependency on foreign countries in terms of Science and Engineering.

Her secret to relating with different topics so well, is research and more research. “I like researching. We have Wi-Fi at home, and so I often use my mother’s phone to type different topics and interact with how everything is related. I always prepare for the next lesson through researching,” she said.

She said the poverty in Africa can only be eliminated through STEM. “If everyone could take interest in STEM, we would go further in terms of uplifting the status of our economies as African countries,” she said.

She urged her peers to believe in themselves and be serious about their education. “When you write down your notes in class, make an application of what you want out of them. Everyone’s life is in their own hands,” she advised.

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