Matric exams on track

2010-11-16 00:00

EXAMS are proceeding very well for the hundreds of thousands matriculants who are writing across the country.

The Basic Education Department has told The Witness that no serious irregularities have been reported in the country, although the exams have not been totally without incident.

Granville Whittle, the department spokesperson, conceded that there have been issues that have been highly publicised in the media during this exam season and have resulted in the department running a tighter ship.

For KZN, this has included the firing of a KwaMashu principal as chief invigilator after he was found with extra answer sheets.

One of the scripts was found in his office with answers on it after pupils at his school had sat for the exam.

Whittle said a bus accident last Thursday involved 20 matriculants of George High School. Two of the pupils were hospitalised and could not write the exam. The other 18 walked away with only minor scratches and were able to write.

In Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, matric scripts were burnt by a rioting community protesting over what they termed slow service delivery.

Whittle said about 100 scripts were destroyed when the car carrying the answer sheets to an exam centre was attacked and set alight.

The papers that were destroyed were English paper 2 and mechanical technology.

“We are working with Umalusi and the school concerned to finalise the matter.

“This will probably involve the adjustment of the marks based on a formula used by Umalusi that takes class marks and other exam paper results into account.”

Whittle said 251 025 matriculants sat for the physical science paper 1 on Friday.

Many of these matriculants were cautiously optimistic about the paper, he said.

This was followed by a relatively drama-free session for the three-hour physical science chemistry paper 2 yesterday.

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