16 January 2008

Botswana: Dukwi CJSS Ungrades Refugee Students

Francistown — Director of Secondary Education, Shathiso Tambula says that Dukwi CJSS used an old blueprint that was released in 2004, instead of the working blueprint that was released in 2005 resulting in failure to publish the results of 10 refugee students.

He said the curriculum and secondary education departments release a blueprint of what is to be taught and offered and the minimum requirements. "The current blueprint was released in 2005 and what happened at Dukwi is that they used the blueprint that was released in 2004," he said. Ten refugee students from Dukwi JSS were not graded on their JC examinations after violating the nine-subject requirement.

All the students who were not graded are refugees who did not study Setswana.

"It should have been communicated. The 2005 blueprint was sent to all schools and if they had not received they should have enquired. Maybe it was just an oversight," he added.

He said that since the grading is done by computer, the situation could not have been avoided.

"The marking is done by computer and the computer will reject anything that does not meet the minimum requirements," he added.

Nevertheless, Tambula said that they have found a solution to the problem.

"We have decided that they be graded manually and the results be released and then we will see where the whole system went wrong," he stated.

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