Education department says it is ready for exams

2016-10-12 06:00

ALL Eastern Cape schools will be expected to conduct a Pledge Signing Ceremony at their respective schools this Friday, October 14. ahead of the end-of-year exams.

This according to Provincial Education Department spokesperson, Mali Mtima.

According to Mtima, the uniform date of the pledge signing, was aimed at setting the tone for the writing of the examinations for all grades.

Mtima said the rationale behind this exercise was to ensure that there was control and curbing of irregularities.

“All public schools participating in 2016 Nation Curriculum Statements (NCS) as well as independent schools writing the state NCS are expected to participate,” said Mtima.

The Department of Education has been strengthening its capacity to deliver on its mandate over the past 12 months and it is all systems go, Mtima said.

According to the education spokesperson, it was now time for that hard work to bear its fruits for the 94 928 full-time candidates registered. This number is 3 118 more than the previous academic year.

Mtima assured the region that the education department has tightened all screws to limit opportunities for irregularities.

This included the appointment of independent chief invigilators at all schools that were implicated in irregularities in the 2014 and 2015 final exams.

Mtima said the province will use 18 examination centres this year owing to the increase of learners.

Marking would commence on November 28 for some Learning Areas and others on November 30. – NCEBA DLADLA

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