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Unsuccessful JC candidates to re-sit for English, Maths

Nthatuoa Koeshe

Junior Certificate (JC) candidates who failed their 2018 mathematics and English will, for the first time be afforded a chance to re-sit for the subjects, Education and Training Minister Ntoi Rapapa has said.

Prof Rapapa said this recently in the wake of another poor performance of the candidates who sat for the examinations last year.

The country registered a 4 percent decrease compared to the 69, 5 percent passes recorded in 2017.

According Prof Rapapa, 22 782 candidates registered for the examinations but 474 failed to sit for various reasons.

“The number of candidates who have passed the 2018 JC examination is 14 608 which constitutes 65, 5 percent of all candidates who sat for the examinations,” Prof Rapapa said.

“We observed that the candidates acquired extremely poor results in mathematics and English and we are making arrangements to ensure that the candidates get another chance to sit for the subjects in June and July this year.”

He said the same chance will also be given to candidates who failed the same subjects at JC level in 2017.

“This will be the first time JC’s candidates are given a chance to re-sit for their examinations as a way to meet them half way so that they get good grades.”

He said they are also looking at ways to improve the training of mathematics and English teachers to ensure the learners also improve.

He said this was vital as the teachers are also involved in the setting of the exams, marking and teaching “so it is important to work hand in hand with them to find a better solution to improve their students’ performance in the two subjects”.

Leribe district recorded the highest pass rate in the last examinations with 68, 6.

“Leribe outdid all other districts with a 68, 6 percent pass rate followed by Mohale’s Hoek (68, 3), Butha-Buthe (66, 9), Maseru (66,6), Mafeteng (64,5), Berea (63,5), Mokhotlong (58,7), Qacha’s Nek (58, 2), Thaba Tseka (53) while Quthing had 45 percent,” Prof Rapapa said.

He said the ministry has also noted that the pass rate for the Quthing district is mainly affected by the language barrier as most teachers conduct lessons in Sesotho and English while the learners speak Seputhi.

“In Lesotho we know Sesotho and English as the official languages but we are aware that districts such as Quthing speak Seputhi and that should be considered to improve the district’s performance,” Prof Rapapa said.


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