Mpumalanga set for matric exams

The Mpumalanga Education Department says it has put all systems in place to ensure the smooth running of the 2016 National Senior Certificate (NCS) examinations, which commence on 24 October.

The department intends to improve the matric results by 10% this year, from 78.6% to 88.6%.

Examinations will take place in 552 examination centres within the four districts of the province and will conclude on 29 November.

There are 60 764 full-time and 7 038 part-time candidates that have registered for this examination this year. Ehlanzeni District has registered the highest number of full time candidates at 17 917, followed by Nkangala District with 15 970. Bohlabela District has registered 13 333, while Gert Sibande has registered 13 373 full-time candidates.

Five hundred and fifty-two chief invigilators have been appointed and their training was conducted from 29 August to 5 September.

Preliminary admission letters (time tables) have been issued to schools to prepare candidates and the final admission letters will be issued to learners on 14 October.

According to the department, all nerve and nodal points have been audited by the Department of Basic Education and Umalusi, and reports issued to District Directors for attention where necessary.

All independent schools are allocated resident monitors that will be rotated on a weekly basis. A monitoring plan by senior management has been developed and finalised for implementation.

Training of Provincial Education Irregularities Committee (PEIC) and District Assessment Irregularities Committees (DAIC) was successfully done on 16 September 2016. Investigations and hearings on irregularities will be conducted immediately after being reported, said the department.

Marking

The department has already appointed 4 501 markers, and said marking will take place in 17 marking centres from 30 November to 14 December.

The markers will be paid in accordance to the framework that governs their appointment contracts.

The department also said all candidates are expected to sign the pledge of good conduct on 14 October 2016. Learners are urged to use the remaining time productively and to stay focused.

The department has also established a Trauma Counselling Support Service for leaners, parents and teachers during this period, which can be accessed by dialling the departmental toll free line 0800 203 116 during office hours. –

Source: South African Government News Agency