Pupils to pick up pens for tests
Class of 2018 ready themselves for the foray into the future
THE class of 2018 has wrapped up their schooling with final assemblies this week ahead of the start of the National Senior Certificate exams.
A total of 37 340 candidates will sit for the first practical exams in Computer Examinations Technology on Monday and Information Technology practical on Tuesday.
For most, though, the exams start the following week with English home language 1 at 9am on Tuesday, October 23, Accounting on the next day. The Maths paper 1 is on October 26 with paper 2 on October 29.
Depending on subject combinations, the second week could be tough for some with Maths on Monday, Geography theory and map work on Tuesday, History on Wednesday afternoon, Afrikaans home language and Economics on Thursday and Physical Science on Friday.
For most, exams finish on November 23 (Afrikaans home language) or November 26 (English home language).
Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the 2018 NSC exam will see 796 542 candidates writing the exam across 6 888 exam centres in the country. Of these 629 141 are full-time and 167 401 part-time candidates.
Mhlanga said everything possible was done to ensure a credible exam.
“The Department of Basic Education has embarked on an intensive review of all its systems and processes and has taken cognisance of the limitations that may have presented a challenge in previous years and all these have been thoroughly addressed.”
For these exams, the department will have a number of firsts. It will be administering an exam in South African Sign Language at Home Language level to 58 deaf candidates in 10 schools.
“The question papers will be signed and learners will respond by signing and this will be recorded using the appropriate technology. The Department of Basic Education has piloted its assessment processes in this regard.”
Another first for the department, is the writing of Technical Maths and Technical Science exams.
“The offering of these two subjects is in sync with the intention of the department to provide a broader scope of subject offerings for learners.”
Mhlanga said they have this year put in extra safety measures to prevent the risk of leaked papers.
“An aspect of the system that the department has honed this year is the different points at which the question papers are stored en route to the school. The department has audited each of these points and only those that comply with the stringent criteria are allowed to store question papers.
“These storage points will be closely monitored by the provincial education departments.”
Exam centres have also been categorised according to their risk profile and those implicated in malpractice in the past will be monitored.
“Schools will exercise a zero tolerance in ensuring that any learner that attempts to resort to any unfair practice will be identified and severely punished,” Mhlanga warned.
Thirona Moodley, of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa), said schools had put in a lot of work in preparation for positive results.
“We are expecting positive results. The teachers have done all they can and all that remains is for the pupils to get out there and write,” said Moodley.
• Additional reporting by Tebogo Monama
Matric pupils write exams. The Department of Basic Education will have a zero tolerance approach to malpractices during the exams.