Matric exam paper delivered an hour-and-a-half late at Voortrekker

2013-11-01 00:00

MATRIC pupils at Pietermaritzburg’s Voortrekker high school arrived to write their English first additional language exam yesterday only to find it had not been delivered.

The paper was delivered an hour-and-a-half late, causing a major inconvenience and concern for the school, pupils and parents.

Voortrekker principal Jan Nel said this was the first time this had happened in his tenure at the school.

He said the late delivery may have happened because this was the first time the school has had parallel medium pupils taking the exam.

“The pupils are stressed as it is with the finals, and to come here only to find the papers have not arrived is unacceptable. We had to take the pupils out of the exam hall. We received no answers from the Department of Education for why this happened,” Nel told The Witness.

When the papers finally arrived, the pupils were given the full allotted time to complete the exam. The late delivery caused confusion and placed pressure on staff who had to quickly change their schedules to accommodate the new exam time.

“There was pressure on the invigilators for the exam, as we had worked out a timetable that would allow them to continue teaching the rest of the school. Parents who had made special arrangements to pick up their children had to be told of the time change. If this happened now, who’s to say it won’t happen again?” said Nel.

Education Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said an investigation had been launched into the matter.

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