Education Dept ‘combat ready’ for matric exams

2012-10-22 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is “combat ready” to meet the challenges during the final matric exams which begin today, said department spokesperson Muzi Mahlam­bi yesterday.

About 132 000 matric pupils are due to begin writing their English papers today.

“All of our chief invigilators have been trained and we have set up an exam operations centre that will provide information to parents, pupils and the general public who have any questions,” Mahlambi told The Witness yesterday.

He said there were 170 023 exam centres, 29 marking centres and a staff of 9 400 markers around the province.

In instances of bad weather affecting the exams, Mahlambi said the military and police were on stand-by to deliver papers.

“All government departments are going to be on stand-by, and they will assist should anything happen during the exams.”

When asked if there were any measures in place in case pupils get trapped by overflowing rivers or washed away bridges, Mahlambi said: “We are talking about a natural disaster.

“We are not planning on that to happen. But, if such an instance were to occur [if bridges were to collapse during a flood for instance], the department will have to make a decision.

“Every paper has a reserve paper, and if they cannot make the original paper, the department will allow them to write the reserve paper.”

The learners have received good wishes from both government and political parties.

President Jacob Zuma wished the pupils well and urged families and communities to provide support through the examination period.

Democratic Alliance shadow minister for education Annette Lovemore said despite facing many challenges, some disadvantaged pupils will pass, but many will not.

“A lack of textbooks, crumbling school infrastructure and difficult living conditions make it hard for them to succeed.

“This is the great tragedy of education in South Africa today.

“It is something that the DA is determined to change. If we are to succeed as a nation, we must give every learner the opportunity to get a good education so they can lift themselves out of poverty,” said Lovemore.

IFP Youth Brigade chairperson and MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa said this was a time all South Africans should rally behind Grade 12 pupils.

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