NC ready for exams

2016-10-19 06:00
MARTHA BARTLETT, MEC for Education in the Northern Cape, is confident that there will be an improvement in the 2016 pass rate.  Photo: Boipelo Mere

MARTHA BARTLETT, MEC for Education in the Northern Cape, is confident that there will be an improvement in the 2016 pass rate. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE Northern Cape Department of Education will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that examination irregularities are prevented, especially group copying and the possession of unauthorised electronic devices like cell phones.

The warning is issued ahead of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations that are expected to start today (19/10).

The message of no cellphones was emphasised by the department through its officials wearing white T-shirts with the clear message on it at the Emang Mmogo Comprehensive School in Galeshewe on Friday (14/10).

This is where the MEC of Education, Martha Bartlett, expressed the department’s confidence in lifting the pass rate for 2016.

Announcing the province’s state of readiness, she elaborated on the implemented improvement plan aimed at upping learner performance levels with emphasis on gr. 12 and progressed learners.

According to the department, the province has registered 136 NSC examination centres, which include three independent centres.

The 2016 NSC registration saw 13 658 gr. 12 candidates completing their registration process.

At least 136 chief invigilators and 404 invigilators were appointed and trained to strengthen the department’s efforts to eradicate examination irregularities for the 2016 NSC examination.

A total of 752 various markers were also appointed.

Marking centres are expected to open on Thursday, 1 December, while marking will commence on 4 December until 15 December.

“Marking centres will officially close on Saturday, 18 December,” Bartlett said.

The statement of results will be printed between 1 and 3 January 2017 and candidates can expect to be able to collect their results from their schools on 5 January 2017.

The MEC requested everyone, especially members of the community, to ensure that they support the class of 2016 more than ever.

“We specifically requested parents to give maximum support to their children.

“They need to cut down on the duties they give to learners and afford them time and a conducive space to focus on their studies,” pleaded Bartlett.

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