Limpopo matrics ‘not affected by textbook saga, ready for exams’

2012-10-18 12:58

Grade 12 pupils in Limpopo were not affected by the textbook saga and were ready for their final exams, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said.

“Only Grades 1, 2, 3 and 10 were affected by lack of learning materials. Grade 12 pupils were not affected and are ready,” she told reporters in Pretoria.

A total of 78 182 full-time and 14 584 part-time candidates in Limpopo would sit for the exams due to start on Monday.

The province has been marred by non-delivery of textbooks this year, with the department missing numerous delivery deadlines.

Section27, a non-governmental organisation, took the department to court to force it deliver the books to Limpopo schools.

Meanwhile, state-of-the-art security systems have been installed in schools and examinations centres across Mpumalanga to ensure no exam paper leaks, Motshekga said.

“It is important to single out Mpumalanga, which had security problems. This year it has a state-of-the-art security that surpasses all provinces.”

Other provinces have installed closed circuit television cameras, access control and alarm systems.

Question papers and scripts would be kept in secret safe-rooms.

“We will also continue our cooperation with security companies and police to escort sealed question papers on the day a paper would be written.”

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