Full marks for matric exams

The writing of the final matric exams for 2017 was concluded on 28 November

KZN Education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana has applauded the province for the smooth running of the 2017 final matric exams.

Dlungwana was briefing the media on Tuesday on the conclusion of this year’s National Senior Certificate examinations.

‘The province has left no stone unturned in ensuring that examination irregularities are prevented.

‘Invigilators were appointed and trained to strengthen our efforts to eradicate examination irregularities for the 2017 NSC examination,’ he said.

Dlungwana said as a system, they worked tirelessly to ensure that the 2017 NSC exams were up to standard.

‘We have criss-crossed various examination centres in the province of KZN and we are satisfied with the manner in which the administration processes unfolded.

‘The monitoring of NSC examination were aimed at assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of the measures put in place to safeguard the integrity and credibility of the examinations,’ he said.

DA claim computer glitch

This comes after the DA in KZN last week called for the MEC ‘to urgently deliver an executive statement of public importance following the discovery of a major computational error within the Department of Education’s computer systems’.

‘The error has the potential to jeopardise the entire 2017 National Senior Certificate year and, in turn, the futures of thousands of matriculants.’

The party said it received an email from an SGB association which contained a memorandum supposedly sent to all schools across the province by KZN’s Education Department. According to the memorandum, some schools might have used incorrect marks from a Department of Education computer systems.

However Dlungwana said in the administration of the examination the province did not have any occurrence that compromised the integrity of the examinations.

In total 31 content papers and 22 language papers were written.

Learners who did not write certain papers due to circumstances beyond their control ‘will be allowed to write the outstanding papers during the 2018 February/March supplementary examinations’.

Marking of exam papers in the province will commence on 3 December and conclude on 14 December.

The provincial results will be released on 5 January 2018, which will be followed by the Matric Awards.

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