Concern over wet weather putting damper on exams

2013-10-28 00:00

WITH matric final examinations under way today, the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department said the weather may just put a damper on the exams in the next few days.

Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said the current weather patterns experienced were a major concern.

“The rain does cause a security problem with certain roads becoming muddy and wet. We will then have to take other routes to get to the schools,” he said.

However, Mahlambi said the department, together with the South African National Defence Force and South African Police Service, has initiated a plan to transport the examination papers to the required locations. It hopes this plan will prove effective.

“We have come up with a strategy to begin examination paper drop-offs in nodal areas and from there to specific drop-off points.

“In some places there are a cluster of schools so for security reasons we prefer papers to be left at one specific point for all the schools to fetch,” he said.

“The police will assist us with airlifting exam papers to rural areas that may have damaged roads due to the rainy weather.”

More than 174 000 matric pupils in KZN will put pen to paper today as they tackle their first papers, English Paper 1 as well as Music Paper 1.

According to Mahlambi, about 150 000 matrics are full-time pupils and 24 000 are part-time.

“All students have undergone extensive learning programmes during weekends and holidays and we are confident with the outcome of the 2013 pass rate.”

Despite the gloomy weather, pupils say they are ready for their final exams.

Pupil Kishan Vandayar said she has mixed emotions about the examinations.

“I started preparing for this two months before the trial examination. All I can do now is hope that whatever I covered over the last couple off months will get me through this.

“As for the rainy weather, I feel it’s easier to concentrate when it is cold compared to hot, dry weather,” said Vandayar, who attends Effingham Secondary School in Durban.

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