All systems go for 2015 National Senior Certificate exams

FILE PICTURE: Matric students sit for their first matric exam. Picture Phumlani Thabethe

FILE PICTURE: Matric students sit for their first matric exam. Picture Phumlani Thabethe

All preparations have been made and all provincial education departments (PEDs) are ready for the 2015 National Senior Certiificate (NSC) examinations officially due to start on Monday and ending on November 30, according to the basic education department.

“The 2015 NSC examination, which is the eighth NSC examinations, will be administered across a total of 6797 examination centres in the country,” the department said in a statement on Sunday.

A total of 801,688 candidates had enrolled for the exams – 674,232 full-time and 127,456 part-time candidates. This signified an increase of 122,644 full-time candidates and a decrease of 10,581 part-time candidates.

The number of candidates registered for mathematics was 273,348, an increase of 43,460 compared to 2014. The enrolment for physical sciences also increased by 28,293 from 170,857 to 199,150.

A total of 258 question papers for the November 2015 and March 2016 exams were set and moderated by the department to ensure a national standard. All question papers for the November exams were approved by quality assurance body Umalusi.

PEDs had completed the appointment of markers, and the department had audited the marker lists in selected subjects to ensure that PEDs complied with the criteria for appointment and that competent markers were appointed. The DBE was satisfied with the markers appointed and where there were concerns, these were corrected by the PED concerned.

Regarding irregularities, the department had taken a number of steps to prevent “group copying”, as occurred during the writing of the 2014 NSC exams. These included public exam centres in each province being categorised into three risk categories. The invigilation procedure would be determined based on the risk category; and the appointment of chief invigilators, resident monitors, and roving monitors, based on the risk profile of the examination centres.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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