MASERU — The Education Ministry this week said the new examination registration system it introduced this year had saved time and simplified the registration process.
The system was put in place to enable students from across the country to register for their Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) and Junior Certificate (JC) examinations through electronic means.
A spokesman for the ministry, Matšepo Mohau, said the new system had ensured that all principals submitted the list of candidates sitting exams on time well before the deadline of March 16.
Most of the schools submitted their registration lists electronically and some on diskettes.
The principals had also reported that the new registration system had saved them time, Mohau said.
She however said there were still some challenges where schools did not have access to the internet.
In such cases the principals sought help from neighbouring schools while others opted for internet cafes.
In the past the ministry sent manual forms to schools where they would be filled and returned to the ministry.
The Examination Council of Lesotho (Ecol) then punched this information into their system but this was time-consuming.
There were also complaints that some students’ names were misspelt in the process.
“Now that the schools are required to submit electronic information there won’t be any mistakes of names being misspelt,” Mohau said.
She added that they were happy that most schools had taken little time to return their forms since the introduction of the system.
The new system would also help Ecol to collect data and pass it to different sponsors on time.
The lists of candidates would now be distributed to the country’s 10 districts so that principals can check and do some corrections.
The closing date for the payment of examination fees is April 30 for COSC candidates and May 31 for JC students in public schools.
For private candidates the closing dates for the payment of examination fees is May 8 for COSC candidates and June 8 for JC students, Mohau said.