So far so good for EC Grade 12 fi­nal ex­ams

Daily Dispatch - - News - By QAQAMBA MAGADLA

THE depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion said the fi­nal Grade 12 ex­ams have been smooth sail­ing so far, de­spite a few chal­lenges recorded, mostly in the for­mer Transkei re­gion.

Provin­cial ed­u­ca­tion spokesman Mal­i­bongwe Mtima said this week there had been some prob­lems with late ar­rival at exam cen­tres due to the bad state of roads in some ar­eas.

A protest by pupils at a school in Alice also con­trib­uted to the mi­nor chal­lenges the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment had faced.

Mtima said the depart­ment had faced a few chal­lenges with the re­cent heavy rains, which af­fected a few schools in the for­mer Transkei area.

At some schools, ques­tion pa­pers ar­rived a few min­utes late be­cause of the bad con­di­tions of the roads.

Mtima said pa­pers were meant to ar­rive at schools 15 min­utes be­fore the exam starts but at some schools the scripts ar­rived ex­actly at the time the exam was meant to be­gin.

“The ex­am­i­na­tions have been go­ing very smoothly, with just a few time-re­lated chal­lenges.

“There have been no re­ports of short­ages of pa­pers, cheating or se­ri­ous prob­lems. These few chal­lenges have taught us a lot as the depart­ment, es­pe­cially when it comes to protests.”

Hav­ing zero re­ports of cheating so far is a wel­come de­vel­op­ment for the prov­ince af­ter a few scan­dals in re­cent years. At some schools, ma­tric re­sults were with­held be­cause of group cheating.

The cur­tain will come down on the ma­tric ex­ams on Novem­ber 28 when pupils write their last pa­per.

Ed­u­ca­tion bosses have said they are hope­ful that this year the prov­ince will for the first time in years not be at the bot­tom of the coun­try’s ma­tric class when Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga re­leases the re­sults in Jan­uary.

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