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.