A credible first week of exams

2013-11-03 14:00

The first week of the 2013 matric exams has come and gone, and there has been no reported incident of leaked question papers.

This is great news and the department of basic education should be commended for its efforts in tightening security around the printing and distribution of question papers to schools across the nation.

In the past, leakages have been so prevalent that they would be reported within hours of the exams starting.

Provinces like Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga have in the past been rife with leakages.

The phenomena had to be prevented for obvious reasons. The whole matric system had lost credibility and had become a sham.

Thugs could, with breathtaking ease, buy and sell matric papers, and forge results statements and the matric certificate itself.

But the department has now moved to restore credibility to the system by bar-coding the question papers to prevent leaks.

More security features are also being introduced to the results statement and matric certificate to deal with forgery.

Whoever in the department came up with the idea of improving security should be commended. It remains to be seen if these measures are 100% safe, but then again, they are a step in the right direction.

The education system in South Africa is bad enough and it’s high time the powers that be sanitise it, one step at a time.

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