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SANDF on standby for matrics

2012-10-21 22:36

Johanneburg - The defence force has been placed on alert as thousands of matrics prepare to tackle their year-end exams in the face of severe weather conditions.

Hope Mokgatlhe, spokesperson for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, said: “Nothing is going to stop the exams from going ahead.”

Mokgatlhe said the department had “engaged the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to make sure that exam papers reach their destinations”.

“The SANDF has got vehicles that can deal with these kinds of conditions ... to make sure we don’t get stuck in the mud,” said Mokgatlhe.

More than 430 000 full-time matrics are registered to write the English Home Language and First Additional Language papers on Monday.

Mokgatlhe said the army was already standing by in Mpumalanga, where the rainy season has in the past caused difficulties.

The province's education department said it had asked local governments and the SANDF to ensure children get to exam centres and exam papers are delivered.

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.

In 2007, heavy flooding forced the Western Cape education department to set up alternative exam venues.

One student had to be airlifted by helicopter to write an exam.

Department ready


On Thursday, Motshekga announced that the department was fully prepared for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams.

She said that the exam “system has stabilised in many respects”.

“For example, over the past two years we have not experienced any question paper leaks, nor any serious incidents that could compromise the credibility of the NSC examinations.”

The department has also beefed up security, with Motshekga announcing improved security systems, including closed-circuit surveillance cameras, and access control for schools and exam halls.

Motshekga said the beleaguered Limpopo education department was ready for the exams.

She said that textbook delivery problems had not affected this year’s matrics.

She also expressed concern over South Africa’s low registration rates in terms of mathematics.

The registration figure for maths has dropped from 317 270 matrics in 2008 to 230 194 this year.

More than 527 000 full-time students and 120 352 part-time candidates are enrolled to write the 264 question papers on offer this year.

Other subjects that will be written this week include accounting and the physical sciences papers.

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Comments
  • scouter.fourone - 2012-10-21 22:51

    Pity they couldn't have made similar plans for the delivery of text books......

      lsfreak - 2012-10-22 00:17

      Better yet, How bout helping out the SAPS on the mine or wait even better the Cape Flats. Sure they could do a lil patroling of the ganglands since they no longer do the borders. Shame the once great SANDF is now only good to deliver exam papers... :/

      kgotso.selome - 2012-10-22 05:54

      SANDF still has responsibility at the borders and they are doing their job exceptionally well bringing down the rate of people crossing illegally, since SAPS failed to do that. it is also involved in peacekeeping and peace-enforcement missions across Africa. and SANDF is also involved in humanitarian aid such as UNMAID (AU and UN missions). and a lot more.@ Mr/Miss Ifreak.

      kgotso.selome - 2012-10-22 05:54

      SANDF still has responsibility at the borders and they are doing their job exceptionally well bringing down the rate of people crossing illegally, since SAPS failed to do that. it is also involved in peacekeeping and peace-enforcement missions across Africa. and SANDF is also involved in humanitarian aid such as UNMAID (AU and UN missions). and a lot more.@ Mr/Miss Ifreak.

      kgotso.selome - 2012-10-22 05:54

      SANDF still has responsibility at the borders and they are doing their job exceptionally well bringing down the rate of people crossing illegally, since SAPS failed to do that. it is also involved in peacekeeping and peace-enforcement missions across Africa. and SANDF is also involved in humanitarian aid such as UNMAID (AU and UN missions). and a lot more.@ Mr/Miss Ifreak.

      john.morreira.9 - 2012-10-22 06:52

      Isfreak I need to correct you. The SANDF has never been great,you're thinking about the SADF, which was indeed great.

      lsfreak - 2012-10-22 09:30

      @john, sorry my bad, I used the wrong acronym "SORRY" but you got the just of what I ment :D @ kgotso, since when do they patrol the borders. Last I heard the SAPS do that :/ Did I miss something :)

  • richard.t.holman - 2012-10-21 23:04

    Well done to the department of education.

      lsfreak - 2012-10-22 00:19

      For what... Getting the Defence Force to do thier job :/

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-10-22 02:18

      This country is a funny place, in the Western Cape the SANDF is not allowed to fight crime, they can't protect the border in Lesotho, but they are ready to assist with the matric exams. Show you the strength of our mighty army

      art5SA - 2012-10-22 06:09

      South Africa has an ARMY???????

  • Vagn Nielsen - 2012-10-21 23:11

    Well they cant defend anything! Let them at least help the matrics!

      Wally Walters - 2012-10-21 23:22

      What DF ?????

  • dylan.mugabe - 2012-10-22 00:10

    Nice one. Good to see government getting stuck in and helping these youngsters.

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-10-22 00:23

    Why are there still "muddy roads" leading to schools 18 years after the ANC took over? The trillions they have stolen and squandered could have built roads from every village to every school. It will still be raining after matric has been written. How will the kids get to school then? No, nothing makes sense.

      ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-22 02:17

      Because the apartheid government never cared for village roads and schools and the ANC is has the whole country to rule not one province, so think of the challenges

      art5SA - 2012-10-22 06:12

      Buying Arms and building WHite Elephant Soccer Stadiums are ALOT MORE IMPORTANT than SOCIAL UPLIFTMENT!!!!!!! Only if you a Minister or President... then the road to your home will be Tarred...

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-22 02:13

    Great plan by the education department and hopefully it will work exceptionally well.

  • brandon.gillbee - 2012-10-22 06:20

    She says it like its a challenge and she needs an award if it gets done. In other countries the stuff just gets done, not angie, she's coming out with excuses on how hard its gonna be before she starts. This is to help with the excuses when the papers are late.

  • Carol Benater - 2012-10-22 06:41

    Unbelievable!!!!! Shows you how far our country has come, need a plan of action to get exams to pupils, if this was not so sad I would laugh!!!

  • Partiboy - 2012-10-22 07:24

    They make out as if getting a matric is such a big thing. I mean honestly, 30% to pass? Is that even legal? Is that the rate at which we need to be competitive globally as a nation? Are we 'failing' our students?

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-10-22 07:27

    Why do you put the military on alert for mere matriculants only carrying meanwhile criminals and druglords are running our streets.

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-10-22 07:30

    some people are born negative sies....we are talking exams here and yet 'some' are busy with their black government hatred tendencies. .come people you are south african also

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-22 09:12

    I do understand some of the negativity here, but I'm glad some of their motorised equipment might be put to good and constructive use for a change. I'm all for it. Education is just too important for us to allow any excuses for people not writing their final exam.

  • Lucia Tshego Lefifi - 2013-02-28 00:55

    Im greatful 4 wt da government is doing,wev had such problems b4 abt papers being late due 2 muddy roads.dankie rea leboga

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