Afrikaans exam ‘too difficult'

2007-11-16 00:00

They said the paper was beyond the scope of Grade 9 pupils and did not appear as if it was set by teachers.

“Both teachers and pupils complained that the paper was beyond their scope. It appears as if it was set for mother-tongue speakers and did not accommodate second language speakers …

“We are awaiting the outcome of the marking and I guess we will cross that bridge when we get there,” said Sunderasen Naidoo, deputy principal at Woodlands Secondary School.

“The pupils and educators have said that it was extremely difficult and beyond the Grade 9 level.

“We are waiting for results and we will take it up with the department from there,” said Dharam Bridgmohun, Raisethorpe Secondary principal.

Carter High principal Richard Gordon said he asked his staff to look at the paper to decide on the levels of difficulty and the appropriateness to the syllabus.

“From what I have gleaned from the Afrikaans teachers, the comprehension was extremely difficult.

“The summary was equivalent to that of a Grade 11 and the language looked like it was substituted from Grade 10,” said Gordon.

He said the school made amendment to the paper and dropped certain sections that were not relevant.

Anthony Pierce of Naptosa said pupils across the country did what is called a common test assessment or CTA and confirmed that they have heard reports of the paper's difficulty.

Sadtu spokesman Sipho Nkosi said he had not heard anything.

“We can't confirm it at this point, it would take time to verify,” said Nkosi.

The Education Department was not available for comment.

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