Matric exams ‘glitch-free’

2017-11-29 06:00

AS the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations concluded yesterday, the Eastern Cape Department of Education said operations progressed smoothly without any glitches.

This week, learners across the country sat for their last exams for English (home language), agricultural management practices and design, among others.

Education spokesperson, Malibongwe Mtima said no irregularities were reported.

“We have had an incident-free examination. No major incidents took place, which means the learners heeded to our call,” Mtima said.

He said the programmes introduced by the department in preparation for the examinations were of great assistance to the learners.

“We provided the learners with previous examination papers, as well as extra supplementary hybrid material, to top up the conventional textbooks.”

Mtima added that counselling was also offered to both the learners and parents, while learners were also given documents to sign which stated what would happen in the case of exam irregularities.

“The learners were well aware that should they be found guilty of any irregularities, such as copying, they would be subjected to all the penalties involved – which include a three-year suspension to write examinations.”

Mtima said provisions had been made for the learners who do not receive favourable outcomes. “The department has various tailor-made programmes for matrics which include the second chance matric programme.

“Learners who have failed more than two subjects are also requested to apply for supplementary examinations, which will be written early next year. We appeal to the learners to grab these opportunities so that they can obtain their matric certificate,” Mtima said.

He said marking will commence at 17 identified marking centres shortly, adding that the department has enlisted the services of more than 5 000 markers to mark the scripts.

Appealing for calm and rationality irrespective of the outcomes of the exams, Mtima said, “As the department we are hoping that the learners will produce better results this year. We want to wish our matrics all the best and hope that they will be accepted at their desired tertiary institutions so that they can pursue their studies.”

The announcement of the pass mark for the class of 2017 will be conducted by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on January 4, next year, and the learners will thereafter be able to access their results at their schools or examination centres on January 5.

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