Army to ensure Mpuma exams stay dry

2012-10-14 22:45

Mbombela - Not even bad weather can ruin Mpumalanga’s hopes to produce a 74% matric pass rate this year.

The provincial education department has approached the army to help ferry exam papers and pupils to schools in the event of heavy rains during the matric exams, which start on 22 October.

“We are in discussions with local governments and the South African National Defence Force to ensure children get to exam centres and exam papers are delivered. There will be no disruptions even if we experience heavy rains,” said education spokesperson Jasper Zwane.

Education MEC Reginah Mhaule said preparations have gone so well for the exams, that the weather is the only unpredictable threat.

“Our threat remains the unpredictable weather patterns. However we are putting systems in place to ensure that we are proactive should we experience heavy rains during the time of writing,” she said.

Last summer, heavy rains disrupted teaching for weeks at certain schools and also destroyed infrastructure worth millions.

Zwane believes that the department has eliminated any possibility of exams papers being leaked or results being fixed.

“Our system is really tight and security is good. Papers will be delivered on the day of exams while the marking will be strictly monitored,” said Zwane.

The province hopes to improve its Grade 12 pass rate by 10 percentage points this year to 74.8%.

Mhaule believes this is possible following the 8 percentage point improvement in the matric pass rate to 64.8% last year.

Mpumalanga hopes to achieve an above 80% pass rate when Grade 12 pupils sit for the 2014 final exams.

This year a total of 56 337 pupils will write the final exams, 48 987 of which are full time candidates while 7 350 are part time.

Schools around the Ehlanzeni district have the most full time candidates compared to the other districts in the province.

The exams will start on 22 October with English Paper 1 and will end on28 November with the writing of Dance and Electrical Technology.

Exam markers will start the same day at 18 different centres and will finish their work on 14 December.

The results will be available in January next year.

  • SharonE - 2012-10-14 22:50

    "Zwane believes that the department has eliminated any possibility of exams papers being leaked or results being fixed." Um, leaked exam papers have nothing to do with wet weather! Back to the drawing board, you lot!!!

      SharonE - 2012-10-14 23:03

      I have heard stories like that from people who have taken succeeding in adverse circumstances as a challenge and excelled. Each person has the power to determine his or her own destiny. I applaud each and every one who meets the challenge head on amd gives their everything to beat the odds.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-10-14 23:29

    Ha! The arms deal sure is coming in handy and hope no one declares was on us in the next couple of months.. Jees, pity the striking miners didn't get the same attention..

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-10-15 03:18

      Don't worry Sally, they aren't going to use foot soldiers to deliver exam papers we have non functioning submarines for that, I can just picture one going up the Limpopo, viva arms deal. Who in his right mind would attack us then?

  • Goddard Morrie - 2012-10-15 02:24

    All of the best for all grade twelve students!

  • Thato Moola Mollo - 2012-10-15 03:31

    I'm glad to see a proactive government department. This should be a much needed eye opener for all the nay sayers

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-10-15 08:33

      Proactive really? Have you been following the same text book scandal as the rest of us?

  • motleleng - 2012-10-15 04:36

    Hope the 74% your are targeting, 72% will pass by over 50% mark then 2% will be those who think 30% is a pass....

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-15 07:29

    Good Luck to the Kids. I hope that they all do well.

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-10-15 07:54

    A sad state the country is in when then the army needs to be called out to help pupils write their matric. A bit of a wasted exercise as in the last few years it has beed claimed that matrculants are semi literate and firms prefer to employ Zimbos. Well, at least the unemployable can think about the lovely submarines, corvettes, fighter aircraft and soccer stadiums we have.

  • hc12345 - 2012-10-15 08:42

    At 35% the pass rate should be 100%

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-10-15 08:47

    The army to ferry exam papers......comon you have to laugh!! LOL!!!!!

      Andrea - 2012-10-15 12:03

      hahahahaha ...

  • hendrik.andries.5 - 2012-10-15 12:12

    If it rains to much you cannot use the U-boats, because you're comrades banged them up. P.S. The leaking of exam papers got NOTHING to do with the weather.

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