Matrics fine de­spite earth tremor

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - TE­BOGO MONAMA and SAPA

AN EARTH tremor was among the mi­nor up­sets for ma­tric ex­ams so far, Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga said yes­ter­day.

How­ever, there had been no ma­jor prob­lems, she told re­porters in Pre­to­ria.

“We are happy to re­port that thus far this year’s Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate has seen no ma­jor in­ci­dent.”

A mag­ni­tude 4 earth tremor shook parts of Jo­han­nes­burg on Novem­ber 18.

Ex­ams will be fi­nalised by the end of this month and re­sults come out on Jan­uary 6.

“The en­tire process, in­clud­ing cap­tur­ing and stan­dard­i­s­a­tion by Umalusi, will be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 29… the re­main­ing time will be used for ver­i­fi­ca­tion and clean­ing up of data be­fore we re­lease the re­sults pub­licly.

“There has been a task team ap­pointed to look into var­i­ous as­pects of the NSC in­clud­ing the pub­lish­ing of the NSC re­sults in news­pa­pers.”

Mot­shekga said a maths, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy depart­ment would be set up to help strug­gling prov­inces.

Mot­shekga said she also wanted the an­nual na­tional as­sess­ments to be in­tro­duced for Grades 7 and 8. Cur­rently, the as­sess­ments are writ­ten by pupils in the foun­da­tion phase and Grade 9. This year’s as­sess­ment re­sults will be re­leased on De­cem­ber 5.

“We have con­fi­dence in the cred­i­bil­ity of the as­sess­ments to give us a di­ag­nos­tic of the maths and lit­er­acy chal­lenges. We are busy analysing the trends that are com­ing out and we will give you a tech­ni­cal re­port. Th­ese tests tell us more about the sys­tem and the cur­ricu­lum,” said Mot­shekga.

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