Students may fail to sit for exams

Students may fail to sit for exams

Maseru – THOUSANDS of students are unlikely to write their final Form E examinations after their principals failed to pay their exam fees to the Examinations Council of Lesotho (ECOL). ECOL director, Mokhitli Khoabane, says they did not receive examination fees from 130 secondary schools and seven high schools.

“Candidates from these schools are unlikely to write final exams because the deadline for submission of exam fees to the ECOL has passed,” Khoabane says. Khoabane said it is pre-mature to give out names of schools.
He also said the fact that they did not pay means registration is not complete. “This means such schools might not write examinations because of not paying.”

Khoabane says some schools provided a list of candidates but did not pay the fees. “We do not know their reasons for not paying before the deadline as LGCE’s (Form E final exam). Deadline was end of April for LGCE while JC (secondary school) was last week.” He says schools have to understand that delays in remitting examination fees affect ECOL’s preparations.

“We have to know the exact number of students who will write examinations.” “We are going to negotiate with the principals and teachers on how to solve the matter. Maybe we can give them our account number so that they pay through it,” Khoabane said. Minister of Education’s secretary Seojane Poloko said such schools might not get results if they would still have not paid the examinations fees at the time of writing.

“In most cases they might write examinations but not get results,” he said. On May 6, Khoabane announced on the ECOL Facebook page that the 2018 LGCSE registration for private candidates was extended to May 11 and therefore “No other extension will be availed so please take this opportunity as we will not accept any registration after this date”.

This means that these principals, who have not submitted fees for the students, cannot register them as private candidates.

Nkheli Liphoto

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