MEC warns pupils on written notes

2018-10-31 06:00
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaMinister of Education Mthandeni Dlungwane speaking at a prayer last Thursday.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaMinister of Education Mthandeni Dlungwane speaking at a prayer last Thursday.

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MINISTER of Education in KwaZulu-Natal Mthandeni Dlungwane has warned Grade 12 pupils not to bring any written notes into the examination rooms as invigilators will keep an alert eye for copying.

Dlungwane was speaking at a prayer for Grade 12 pupils ahead of their first final examination at Gezubuso Hall last Thursday.

Matric pupils penned their first examination, English paper 1, on Tuesday.

Dlungwane said the department has tightened the monitoring system in order to make sure that “nothing goes wrong during the exams”.

He said the purpose of the event was to pray for pupils, teachers and society as well.

“We want to run credible examinations. We want to make sure that our examinations are so successful that there are no incidents of instability in schools. We are against script notes and everything that is illegal in our examination rooms. We will be monitoring this throughout the province. This is the time for learners to focus, they must not allow any distraction of any kind including the thought of using script notes,” he said.

He said the department believes that the class of 2018 is the chosen group that will be the first to show what the current curriculum is doing for the department.

“We have faith in you [pupils] that you will give us good results. We see a future in you.With the few days that you have and the hours that you will get you can still make a difference. Do not panic, keep your focus. We do n’t want to see the script notes and we have made sure of that.”

He further encouraged the pupils who attended the prayer to do their best in making sure that they keep up the good record of Umgungundlovu District being number one out of all the districts in KZN.

Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo, who was also part of the prayer, said: “The teachers, principal and the department have played a crucial role teaching the pupils for the whole year, now it is up to them [pupils] to use what they have learnt. We wish all the matriculants the best on their exams we hope that everything will go according to plan.”

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