Edendale FET students examined on topics not yet taught

2011-11-21 00:00

A SYLLABUS mishap will cost 19 Edendale FET construction students their final year of school as they could not write their construction material exam because the exam paper was based on an updated handbook which they did not study.

The students, who were meant to write their final exam and complete their studies on Wednesday, will now have to study for a supplementary exam in February next year, this time using the new text book.

Heartbroken student Zoleka Zondo said that he does not believe that he will be able to study a new textbook and be ready for exams in less than three months. “The school is blaming the department for the mistake, saying that they are the ones who issued the wrong construction materials text book. It does not matter whose fault it is because we cannot get our qualifications this year.

“The worst part is that we are going to have to study a year’s curriculum in a few months and might even fail the exam — and that is devastating,” said Zondo.

An internal investigation by the Education Department showed that about half of the subjects covered in Edendale’s textbook had been updated to meet new industry requirements. Education spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said that due to these changes, the students writing the construction paper would have had a problem with some of the new questions in the paper.

“As a way forward, the college has noted the students’ concerns and has suggested that additional tuition be given to students so that they will be adequately prepared for the supplementary exams.

“The plan is to offer the students intensive training on the 50 percent content not yet covered. Time spent on the training indicates they should be adequately prepare,” said Mlotshwa.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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