Exam plans watertight for leaks and rain

2012-10-24 00:00

ONLY a natural disaster never seen in South Africa will stop the KwaZulu- Natal Department of Education from distributing exam papers.

Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said the department had put systems in place to deal with nearly every eventuality — including torrential rain.

“We know in summer that it rains and we have made provision for this. We have enlisted the help of both the SANDF and the SAPS, who are committed to make sure the 2012 exams run as smoothly as possible,” said Mahlambi.

He said with 1 723 exam centres throughout the province, all exam papers are being kept at central hubs, such as the Department of Education office in Maxwell Street, Empangeni.

“In the morning the papers are taken to the various schools. For schools in remote areas we have set up distribution nodes where principals from the various schools converge and pick up the exam papers. Once the exam is completed, the finished papers are then brought back to that same node and dropped off. Our systems are watertight and we can say with confidence there will be no leaks of exam papers. If someone has a ‘leaked paper’ it will in all probability be a fake exam paper,” said Mahlambi.

The matric exam period will see 76 papers written covering 40 subjects.

John Ross College HOD for Grade 12 Byron Lite said the exam process so far has been “smooth flowing”.

He said the last paper will be completed on November 27.

“We have 142 matrics who will be writing 23 papers. We have had no hassles and are confident the process will run smoothly,” said Lite.

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