Tighter se­cu­rity for ma­tric exam pa­pers

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - ANA RE­PORTER

BA­SIC Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga says she is con­fi­dent that her depart­ment and pupils are ready for the ma­tric ex­ams which start in the mid­dle of next month.

Brief­ing jour­nal­ists in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day, Mot­shekga said sys­tems had been put in place to pro­tect the in­tegrity of the ex­ams, given the leak­ing of pa­pers in pre­vi­ous years.

“The depart­ment has been work­ing tire­lessly to en­sure that the ex­ams are up to stan­dard and that this year there are no ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. Reg­is­tra­tion of NSC ex­am­i­na­tions cen­tres and can­di­dates has been com­pleted and fi­nal ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the data is un­der way.”

A to­tal of 636 814 full-timepupils have been reg­is­tered for the 2017 Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate ex­ams, while 161 475 part-time pupils are ex­pected to write.

The high­est num­ber of ma­tric pupils en­rolled are in KwaZu­luNatal with 169 023, fol­lowed by Gaut­eng with 112 164. Lim­popo has 110 639 en­rol­ments and the East­ern Cape 92 755.

Mot­shekga said at a meet­ing of the Coun­cil of Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ters, com­pris­ing all nine Ed­u­ca­tion MECs, that it was rec­om­mended that as far as pos­si­ble, prov­inces should pro­vide sup­port to strug­gling pupils who did not per­form well in the midyear ex­ams.

“Based on the Pro­file of 2017 learner co­hort, we are con­fi­dent learn­ers are ready for the ex­ams de­spite some changes in the sub­jects.”

The min­is­ter said steps had been taken to en­sure se­cu­rity at cen­tres where exam pa­pers were stored.

“To avert leak­age of ques­tion pa­pers, all 212 stor­age points across the coun­try have been au­dited to en­sure com­pli­ance with the min­i­mum se­cu­rity stan­dards.” – ANA

Min­is­ter of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Angie Mot­shekga.

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