Tests run smoothly

2012-09-20 00:00

THE Annual National Assessments appeared to be progressing in KwaZulu-Natal schools without any major glitches on day two.

Schools in Pietermaritzburg and Durban gave positive feedback, unlike the previous day when principals and teachers complained about confusion and chaos that prevailed as a result of exam paper shortages.

Alexandra High, Berg Street Primary, Caluza Primary, George­town High, St Nicholas Diocesan, Slangspruit Primary and Hibberdene Primary reported to The Witness that everything was much better than the previous day or years.

On the North Coast too, the tests appeared to have proceeded uneventfully.

KZN manager of the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools, André Cloete, said none of their members had reported any problems.

The body looks after schools from all areas and helps resolve issues when they occur.

The memorandums to go with each paper were only delivered a day later in some schools, meaning they have been unable to start marking and analysing the results.

“No marking has been done and they [Education Department] want us to finish by September 28,” he said.

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said: “The allegation is that the distribution of question papers was chaotic. The distribution used this year is exactly the same as that of the matric examinations.”

He said principals were not given all papers to store in their schools for reasons of the integrity of the process. “The reports from districts indicate that all schools received question papers. There were shortages here and there,” said Mahlambi.

He said all the 12 districts reported that all their schools (those expected to write) wrote the assessments, except for the independent schools that are not state funded and some special schools.

“It must also be noted that the primary school principals are not yet used to the nodal point system as this was used for the first time in their band,” he said.

“The second allegation is that some schools wrote the papers after time. The province only knows schools that started a little late because of shortages. There were no reports of schools which wrote the paper after its duration time.”

“Each day, principals fetch question papers and they are paid for kilometres travelled,” he said.

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