‘Watertight’ preparations for matric exams are complete

2014-09-30 00:00

WITH only 27 days before the matric final examinations commence, the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department says the province has completed all its preparations for this high stakes national examination.

Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said: “The province would like to confirm that preparations for the examinations in the 12 districts have gone past advanced stage to having been completed.”

He said the plan is “watertight”.

Mahlambi said KZN has 147 726 full-time and 26 148 part-time candidates registered to write the National Senior Certificate examinations this year.

“The written examination will commence on 27 October 2014 with English home and first additional language in the morning and visual arts in the afternoon,” he said.

Mahlambi said the examinations would conclude with agricultural technology in the morning and dance studies in the afternoon on November 28.

He said there would be 1 741 writing venues, comprising 1 679 public schools and 62 independent schools.

“The conduct of the examinations in these centres will be managed by 1 748 chief invigilators who will supervise 5 796 invigilators,” he said.

Mahlambi said final preparations have been made for the distribution of question papers and the collection of answer scripts through the 107 nodal points.

“A total of 98 vehicles have been hired and distributed to the 12 districts,” he said.

The monitoring of the examination would be taken to a higher level this year to ensure the integrity and credibility of the examinations.

Mahlambi said monitoring would be done by officials from the districts, head office, members of the education portfolio committee, teacher unions, Umalusi officials and the Department of Basic Education.

“The provincial joint operations committee and SAPS will provide safety and security support during the conduct of examinations, and monitor examination papers in transit,” he said.

A total of 9 493 markers have been appointed and would arrive at the marking centres on December 1 and December 2 to start marking.

“Marking will conclude on 14 December 2014,” said Mahlambi.

The results would be released by the Education MEC on January 6, when all candidates should collect their results from their writing centres.

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