Minor matric exam niggles: Motshekga

By Drum Digital
22 November 2013

Pupils falling sick, being caught with cellphones, and an earth tremor have been among the minor issues that have affected matric exams so far.

Pupils falling sick, being caught with cellphones, and an earth tremor have been among the minor issues that have affected matric exams so far, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Friday.

There had however been no major problems, she told reporters in Pretoria.

"The matric examinations are currently on-going and we are happy to report that thus far this year's National Senior Certificate has seen no major incident," she told reporters in Pretoria.

A magnitude four earth tremor shook parts of Johannesburg on November 18.

In Mpumalanga, where there had been leaks of exam papers in previous years, security had been improved, she said.

"Their security features are impressive...we used them as a bench mark during our visit to other provinces."

Exams would be finalised by the end of November.

"Marking has already started in Limpopo, with Gauteng to follow. All provinces will get underway with marking by December 1."

The results would be announced on January 6.

"The entire process, including capturing and standardisation by Umalusi, will be completed by December 29... the remaining time will be used for verification and cleaning up of data before we release the results publicly."

Motshekga hoped the results would improve. She said a task team established to look into the publishing of matric results in newspapers would submit its report in April.

In the meantime she would meet the Young Communist League and Congress of SA Students who had raised concerns about these processes. They would be asked to make their submission to the task team.

-by Sapa

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