Junior Certificate

This is an examination that is taken at the end of Junior Secondary.

Subjects Of The Examination

TThe subjects are grouped as follows and candidates must take at least seven subjects, four from Group1, two from Group 2 and one from Group 3 or one from Group 1 and two from Group 3.


Core subjects that are compulsory for all candidates

  • 101 English
  • 204 Sesotho
  • 309. Mathematics
  • 414. Science

For foreign students there are the following languages:

  • 202 French
  • 208 Afrikaans

Social Sciences from which candidates choose two (2) subjects

  • 511 Development Studies
  • 513 History
  • 515 Geography
  • 623 Religious Knowledge
  • 624 Religious. Knowledge (Alt)

Practical Studies from which candidates choose three (3)

  • 611 Agriculture
  • 616 Business Education
  • 617 Domestic Science
  • 621 Integrated. Home Economics
  • 625 Typewriting
  • 626 Woodwork
  • 627 Basic Handcrafts
  • 628 Technical Drawing
  • 631 Computer Education

Every candidate should take two languages at this level. Sesotho is compulsory for all Basotho candidates. Foreign candidates must take any of the modern languages instead of Sesotho.

Failure to write two languages will disqualify a candidate from certification. Registration

There are two types of candidates, private candidates and school candidates.

School Candidates are fulltime learners and are doing a minimum of 6 subjects. Their registration is done in 2 ways: firstly they submit softcopy of registration lists which ends on February. Secondly they complete the financial registration (pay for the candidates registered for examinations) towards end of May.

Private Candidates are learners who are studying as individuals without attending any formal schools. They study six subjects or more or less. They can register to the nearest schools or go directly to Examinations Council of Lesotho. Their registration ends towards end of May.