Over 36 000 Junior Examinations candidates who sat for their  final English Paper three exam were this week forced to chose between two questions which did not carry equal marks.

As if this was not enough some of the candidates were thrown into the deep end when one of the questions carrying maximum marks was based on a textbook which they got very late during their period of study or never read at all.

According to a source who was an invigilator, question based on the book Shaka Zulu carried 15 marks, while the question based on the book Goggle Eyes only  carried eight marks yet students were supposed to chose either of the two.

“Candidates became confused and what made it worse is that as invigilators we did not know what to do. After calling the offices for the ward they said candidates should just continue regardless of the anomaly.

“The painful thing is that most of the children were keen to answer question six based  on Goggle eyes because that’s  the  textbook which they had learnt. At my school we did not get a single copy of Shaka Zulu although some schools got it late. Such any error is really unfair and disadvantages our children. My concern now is how Botswana Examination Council (BEC) will solve the issue without disadvantaging the kids”, said the source who was speaking on condition of anonymity.

When contacted for a comment Botswana Examination Council (BEC) spokesperson Charles Keikotlhae said: “We are aware and investigating the issue and we cannot say more nor can we at this juncture point fingers.

I want to assure the public that no candidate will be prejudiced when he/she is not at fault. We will give full information when we conclude the investigations.”

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