Tighter security for matric exam papers
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.