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MINISTER'S SPEECH ON 2020 LGCSE RESULTS

Friday, 28 May 2021

 

 

SPEECH BY THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING- HONOURABLE NTLHOI MOTSAMAI MP ON THE RELEASE OF THE 2020 LESOTHO GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION (LGCSE) RESULTS ON THE 27 May 2021

It is my utmost pleasure to publicize the 2020 Lesotho General Certificate of Secondary Education (LGCSE) results, which will be released on the 28th May 2021 at 8:00hrs. All secondary and high schools will obtain the results from the District Education offices on the 28th May, while the candidates will get them through cell phone small text messages (SMS) on these numbers:

  •  65123 for Econet subscribers
  •  54222 for Vodacom subscribers.

The results will also be released through the following internet sites:

  •  Lesotho Government: - www.gov.ls
  •  Ministry of Education and Training:- www.education.org.ls
  •  Examinations Council of Lesotho: - www.examscsuncil.org.ls

I wish to, once again, highlight that the year 2020 presented itself with various challenges which overwhelmed the entire education system due to the unfamiliar COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 learners were not spared from this experience as they had to stay out of school for lengthy periods, which even forced some of them to drop out. The drop-out rate was exacerbated by, among other things, loss of jobs by parents, and the

learners’ apprehension that they might not make it in the examinations owing to loss of learning time. However, it must be appreciated that some candidates still had an opportunity to create some learning time on their own and through private tutoring.
In spite of all these setbacks, the Ministry of Education and Training played a significant role in ensuring that candidates sat for the examinations. Therefore, it is in this context that the Ministry commends all candidates who took it upon themselves to strive on and sit for the national examinations.
l must remind everybody that this year, two cohorts sat for the LGCSE examinations. One group comprises candidates who took the examination at Form E and the other are those whose schools are piloting the new curriculum, thus sitting LGCSE at Grade 11. As a result, there has been a significant increase in candidature in 2020 compared to 2019. Primarily, form E is being phased out as we gradually introduce this new curriculum.
At this juncture, allow me to announce the general performance of candidates.

In 2020, a total of seventeen thousand, four hundred and thirteen (17,413) candidates sat the examinations, which is an increase of 3,588 from thirteen thousand, eight hundred and twenty-five (13, 825) in 2019.

  •  The total number of A* grades is five hundred and thirty-six (536), which is 0.4% of all grades achieved while in 2019 there were four hundred and thirty-six (436) A* grades, constituting 0.4%. This suggests a similar performance to that of the previous year.
  •  The overall A grades are two thousand seven hundred and fifty-one (2,751), comprising 2.1% of all grades, whereas in 2019 there were 2,191 A grades, constituting 2.1%. This points to the same performance as the previous year’s.
  •  B grades are a total of nine thousand, six hundred and thirty-five (9,635), which is 7.5% of all grades. This is 0.1% lower compared to 2019
  •  C grades are a total of twenty thousand, eight hundred and one (20,801), which is 16.2% while in 2019, there were 17,113 C grades comprising 16.5% of all grades. This is a decrease of 0.3% from the 2019 results.
  •  The total number of A* to E Grades is eighty-one thousand seven hundred and thirty-one (81,731), which suggests a 63.7% pass rate whereas, in 2019, there were sixty-six thousand four hundred and eighty-five (66,485) A* to E grades, constituting 64.0% of all grades. This means that the overall pass rate has declined by 0.3% from the previous year.
A SUMMARY OF PERFORMANCE IN CORE SUBJECTS IS AS FOLLOWS:
SUBJECT %A*-C GRADES 2019 %A*-C GRADES 2020 DIFFERENCE
Sesotho 51.9 57.0 +5.1
Physical Science 22.5 19.4 -3.1
English 19.4 16.3 -3.1
Mathematics 8.8 9.0 +0.2



The general performance in core subjects demonstrates that performance in Sesotho remains higher at 57.0 % of candidates obtaining either a C Grade or better, than in 2019. This is an increase of 5 percentage points from 2019. Just like the previous year, in 2020, Physical Science appears second with 19.4% of candidates who achieved at least a C Grade. Once again, English Language occupies the third position with only 16.3% of candidates attaining similar grades, while the least performed subject is Mathematics, with 9.0% of the A*-C Grades.

PERFORMANCE BY DISTRICTS IS AS FOLLOWS:
DISTRICT A*-E GRADES(2020)
1.Leribe 69.5
2.Mafeteng 67.0
3.Maseru 65.5
4.Berea 63.5
5.Mokhotlong 62.1
6.Butha-Buthe 61.2
7.Mohale's Hoek 59.9
8.Qacha's Nek 59.2
9.Thaba-Tseka 54.4
10.Quthing 49.3


Top performing schools
? In general, St Stephens Diocesan High school is the highest performing with 180 A* to A Grades, constituting 19.4% of all Grades.
? In second place we have Leribe English Medium with a total of 211 A* to A Grades, adding up to 18.7% of the total Grades.
? Molapo High School is in the third position with 149 A* to A Grades, which is 18.5% of the overall Grades.
? The fourth place is occupied by Lesotho High School with a total of 373 A* to A Grades, which is 18.2% of all Grades.
? In the fifth position, we have Tšakholo High School with 183 A* to A Grades, comprising (14.4%) of the total Grades.
The Ministry would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all candidates who have succeeded in their examinations and wish them the best in their future endeavors. It is evident that commitment and dedication played a major role in their achievement. Congratulations to all of you for accomplishing the best performance under the harshest conditions ever experienced by anyone in recent history!
I wish to, particularly, convey my special appreciation to the following candidates who have demonstrated extraordinary performance by obtaining an A* in four or more subjects each. We owe special gratitude to all of them and their schools for work well done!

CANDIDATES WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE ARE:

Position Name Of Candidate School No of A* Grades
1 Sello Rebokile Lesotho High School 6
2 Sepetla 'Mampati Leribe English Medium High School 5
2 Koneshe Tholoana Violet Leribe English Medium High School 5
2 Mafike Fako T'sakholo High School 5
3 Hlalele Poloko Timothy Lesotho High School 4
3 Mpakane Thabile Lesotho High School 4
3 Mhlongo Mpho Rose St Boniface High School 4
3 Mokhele Katleho St Stephen's Diocesan High School 4
3 Mocheko Thapelo Leqele High School 4
3 Rafeeea Lebohang Sefika High School 4
3 Borotho Puseletso St Boniface High School 4


Let me make a special plea to those candidates who have not succeeded in their examinations, that it is never late to truly reflect on what went wrong and try again to improve and realise success. Remember that through hard work and real determination, success is possible for all of us.
In conclusion, as we celebrate the achievement of the 2020 candidates, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to the principals, teachers, parents, and Ministry staff for the great work they did to support these candidates during this trying period. I have to further take this opportunity to recognize all stakeholders that contributed directly and indirectly towards the accomplishment of these national examinations. I also wish to extend my

the greatest gratitude to the Examinations Council of Lesotho staff for working tirelessly in preparation for these examinations, despite the challenging circumstances under which they worked. Ladies and gentlemen, let us continue joining hands in the education of our nation and putting the candidate first in our educational plans.
I thank you!
                                                                                                           

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