Exams: KZN sets high goals

2011-10-13 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is confident that its meticulous planning and preparations will see the National Senior Certification examinations go off without a hitch.

Briefing the media on the department’s state of readiness yesterday, Education MEC Senzo Mchunu outlined the department’s targets for this year.

These include surpassing last year’s matric pass rate of 70,7%. The Department of Basic Education’s targets for the department are 35 518 passes for university entrance, 37 107 passes for maths and 22 711 for physical science, which Mchunu says are possible to achieve.

“We are here to declare that this department is ready to conduct the end-of-the-year examinations. We have a very elaborate security plan from the printing to the execution and the writing of the exams.

“Where irregularities arise they will be dealt with and candidates whose results are blocked will receive letters informing them of the reasons and necessary process. We expect nothing less than good results,” said Mchunu.

There are expected to be 127 044 full-time and 23 342 part-time candidates for the national senior examinations in KwaZulu-Natal, which start on October 24 and end on December 1.

About 9 170 teachers will begin marking papers in 29 centres from December 6 to 15. Capturing will begin on December 18 and the results will be released on January 5.

The department’s superintendent-general, Nkosinathi Sishi, insisted that the marking process is done by quality teachers.

“There are no teachers who have been appointed to mark a subject that they do not teach. If it involves a subject that is of a specific nature then they have to have been involved in the subject for the last three years. We have identified a senior marker who is the master of the subject. They will ensure that everything is going well in the marking centres,” said Sishi.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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