Smooth start to matric exams

2009-10-27 00:00

THE first day of matric exams kicked-off without any hiccups. That was the word from the KZN Education Department, as well as the schools contacted by The Witness, whose pupils wrote languages including German, Hindi and Spanish yesterday.

The matric class of 2009 is the second batch of matriculants who will be awarded the National Senior Certificate (NSC).

Many principals reported lesser headaches this year in dealing with the exams department and most said that much of the administrative chaos in the first National Curriculum Statement examination last year seems to have been ironed out.

“Everything is organised and going smoothly. It seems like a lot is ironed out.

“But I would say the greatest relieve has been that the mark sheets have come in alphabetical order unlike last year which was a big headache,” said one school head.

Another principal said their staff was especially relieved that the department has upgraded to stick-on bar codes now required for each script.

Before they had to cut out the bar codes and glue them to each script.

“The feeling overall is that there has been a big change in the air since last year,” said one principal.

“The communication between schools and the department has improved significantly. I would really be lying if I said anything contrary. A lot of administration burdens have been sorted out,” he added.

Tomorrow, the second part of languages will continue, as well as Information Technology.

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