‘Class of 2016’ finally complete exams

2016-12-07 06:02

THE MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal Mthandeni Dlungwana said the writing of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) has been successfully completed.

Matriculants wrote their final three-hour agricultural management practices and design papers on Tuesday bringing to an end the exams which started on 24 October. In a statement issued by the department on Tuesday Dlungwane thanked all stakeholders involved in ensuring the process of the examinations went smoothly.

“I want to thank pupils, parents, teachers, district and provincial officials, for their tireless work, this department wouldn’t have achieved any of its goals if it wasn’t for their dedication.”

The Department of Education said it is ready for the start of the marking of the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate answer scripts. Marking will begin on 5 December and finish on 15 December.

All 27 marking centres will open on 1 December and trucks will deliver the answer scripts and question papers to marking centres.

A total of 66 chief markers, 221 deputy chief makers, 1 580 senior markers and 9 719 markers will arrive at the marking centres on 1 December. Memorandum discussion and training of markers as well as sample marking will start on 1 December. The capturing of marks and marking centres will officially close on 18 December.

“Marking guidelines for use in the marking of the question papers will be discussed and standardised. The department, examiners, chief markers and the Umalusi moderators­ will interrogate the marking guidelines to ensure they accurately reflect the responses demanded of all questions,” said the statement.

The department will monitor the marking process and will deploy moderators to marking centres to ensure that quality marking is implemented across all marking centres.

The Department of Education said it was confident that the marking of the 2016 NSC examination will be successfully administered.

In the last week of December, a national standardisation process will take place where marks for various subjects are standardised and approved by Umalusi. Once the information is checked and verified, Umalusi will then approve the release of the results.

Schools will collect the results from district offices on the morning of 5 January, 2017. - Supplied

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