Exam guidelines 'not taken as seriously as they should be' - KZN MEC

2016-05-10 15:38


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Durban – Numerous surprise visits to schools uncovered that matric examination guidelines were "not taken as seriously as they should be", KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni said on Tuesday.

"We have discovered that curriculum coverage has unfortunately become the most neglected area in the system," she told reporters in Durban. 

If pupils had not covered the curriculum during the year, they would not understand it during the exams.

She urged school management teams and department circuit management to monitor the teaching of the curriculum regularly.

The department said a turnaround strategy was being implemented in the province following a 9% decline from 2015 matric pass rate.

"Undivided attention" had been given to first quarter common tests, to ensure that schools covered the prescribed work.

Nkonyeni said department officials had held talks with affected parties and travelled to various parts of the province to improve the results and education in the province.

The targets set out in the plan included a 10% improvement in the 2016 matric pass rate, eliminating the 30% pass rate, reducing the number of schools with pass rates below 60%, and increasing the number of bachelors passes.

Areas of improvement included Life Sciences, Physics, and Agricultural Sciences. Most districts in the province struggled with Accounting, Maths Literacy, and Maths.

School-based assessments would be changed to ensure that schools submitted results every term.

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