Steven Tau
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26 Oct 2015
9:19 am

It’s all systems go for matric exams

Steven Tau

Today marks the start of the yearend matric examinations and it’s all systems go according to the national Department of Basic Education (DBE).

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

A total of 801 688 candidates have enrolled for the exams which includes 674 232 full-time and 127 456 part-time candidates and DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga has said all provincial departments are ready to administer the exams.

“The DBE has been monitoring and supporting provincial education departments on an ongoing basis to ensure that all functions in preparation for the examinations are on track,” said Mhlanga.

In curbing exam irregularities such as group copying, the department said public examination centres in each province will be categorised into three risk categories. The invigilation procedure will be determined based on the risk category.

Independent schools will only be allowed to administer the public examinations if they are registered by the provincial education department for teaching and learning and accredited by Umalusi, with a clear track record. The appointment of chief invigilators, resident monitors and roving monitors is based on the risk profile of the examination centres.

The department has also completed the appointment of markers. Marker lists in selected subjects ensure that provincial departments comply with the criteria for appointment as articulated in the Personnel Administrative Measures and that competent markers are appointed he said.

“The DBE is satisfied with the markers appointed and where there were concerns, these were corrected by the provincial departments …,” Mhlanga said.

A total of 258 question papers for the November 2015 and March 2016 examinations were set and moderated by the DBE to ensure a national standard.

All papers for the examinations were approved by Umalusi. Question papers were only handed to provincial departments one week before printing commenced to minimise the security risk.