resultsJunior Certificate Education (JCE) results for the year 2013 recorded a decline in pass rate compared to those of 2012. 

The results released by Botswana Examination Council (BEC) indicate that a total of 38 944 candidates wrote the examination.

38, 497 in 2012 wrote the 2013 examination showing an increase of 1.2% in the number of candidates who sat for the examination.

Of all the 38, 944 candidates, there were 19, 490 male candidates and 19,454 female candidates.

The number of candidates who obtained Grade A is 325 (0.8%) compared to 590 (1.5) in 2012 showing a decline of 2.7%.

The overall number of candidates awarded Grade C in 2013 is 9, 626 (24.7%) compared to 10, 386 (27.1%) in 2012 showing a decline of 2.4%.

The number of candidates awarded Grade D in 2013 is 13, 662 (35.1%) compared to 13,641 (35.6%) in 2012 showing a decline of 0.5%.

The number of candidates obtaining Grade U is 5,592 (14.4%).

“There are 412 candidates who have not been awarded an overall grade and these are indicated by symbol X.

The analysis of the above results shows that the proportion of candidates obtaining Grade C or better is 35.3% which is a decline compared to 41.0% recorded in 2012,” says a statement from BEC signed by Caretaker Executive Secretary Brian Mokopakgosi.

He further says, “Grade U has changed, meaning from last year in which it denoted that a candidate did not meet minimum requirements for Grade E or an overall grade.

From this year onwards, Grade U only means that a candidate did not meet minimum requirements for Grade E.

Symbol X on the results slip is not a grade but it is used to denote that a candidate did not meet minimum requirements for the award of an overall grade.”

Leatile Motshwane, a disappointed parent, suggests that teenagers lifestyles contribute to this decline in this years’ JCE pass rate.

“Teenagers are under heavy influence of western lifestyles, they do not study,” he said.





  1. Tgirl 2014/01/27

    Facebook, Twitter, Whatssup, Blue-Registration-Number-Plates Drivers and Conductors! A bana ba tswe mo dilong tse, botshelo bo tlaa boela maemong a jone. Bana ga ba tlhole ba ithuta gotlhelele, ba beile dilo tse ko pele.

  2. bigcigo 2014/01/28

    o e iteile lonaka Tgirl….ke dumalana le wena bopapa-mnate ba le mo teng….abwt drivers and conductors ba bo ba re ba tle ba palame mahala ba sonaga madi a transport….now dats the results!!!!!

  3. CUDDLESOME 2014/01/30

    Yah! Di facebook di a ba dia there and there, but you shoudnt be ignorant guyz. These results are a result of the new marking system which started in 2012. Believe me, if this marking system continues one day we wont be able to achieve even a single A mo JC. Ha gone go dirisitswe marking system wa bo-2011 believe me -these kids cud have done very-very well, for a kid to pass with a “B” in this new system she/he has to score 80-85% – which is just too much for a final exam!!! Le bone baba beileng these percentages ga ba ise ba di tshware. I personally dont see anything wrong with the kids/teachers. Remember there are kids who went to CJSS with a D in this group, and a teacher is expected to do what? Le kgoba bana le matichara marapo waitse… Buang le baba tshwanetseng ba bankanye marking system? Well done kids!!! Well done teachers!!!

  4. oeborupile 2014/02/07

    le nna ke sebete se molangwana ka ths new marking system,it disadvantages a lot of students…

    for social networks we cnt rule out tht it has a hand in ths poor results bt lets look fr th root cause,like Cuddlesome mentions some students come trailing extremely bad results from Primary so there is less a teacher can do in ths case,belive me talking from experience as a teacher..

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