All set to go for matric examinations

2014-10-23 00:00

WITH many matric pupils across the province writing their first National Senior Certificate examinations on 27 October, the Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal says it’s all system go, with 148 000 pupils registered to write.

Some pupils wrote their first practical Computer Applications Technology (CAT) examination on Monday, 20 October.

Gearing up for the examinations last Friday, 148 000 pupils from the province signed a pledge committing themselves to a corruption free 2014 National Senior Certificate examinations.

The examinations will start off with English home and first additional language and will end on 28 November with agricultural technology and dance studies in the afternoon.

KZN Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said that the monitoring of these examinations will be taken to a high level this year to ensure integrity and credibility. Monitoring will be done by officials from districts, head office, members of the education portfolio committee, teacher union officials, Umalusi officers and the Department of Basic Education.

SAPS will provide safety and security support and will monitor papers in transit.

Speaking about their state of readiness, principal of Masijabule High School in KwaSwayimane, Mthetho Ngcobo, said that the school is more than ready for the examinations.

“We have prepared ourselves, we have attended workshops and training and our pupils are ready to go. Last year we achieved a 90% matric pass rate and this year we have set a target of 95%,” he ended.

Principal of Esiqongweni High School in Imbali, Raphael Mpulo, said that his pupils and teachers are 100% ready for the examinations.

“Everything is set to go. Last year we achieved a pass rate of 90% and this year we are aiming for 98%.”

Matric results will be released by KZN Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni on 6 January 2015.

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