The Department of Basic Education on Tuesday said that it was on track with its matric examination preparations as more than 1 million learners sit for exams in a week’s time. “We are ready to pull of a successful examination.” said Dr R Poliar. Poliar is part of the delegation that briefed the basic education portfolio committee on readiness for the examinations.
Deputy Minister for Basic Eduction Reginah Mhaule said learners lost a lot of time during the academic year. “With attitude pupils and teachers will make the 2020 National Senior Certificate examination successful,” Mhaule said. Poliar said the department has done everything possible to ensure matrics were prepared to write the examinations. “Despite the disadvantages and anxiety, they will write under most conducive conditions … It is unfortunate for this class to look forward and write under difficult conditions.’’
A total of 1 058 999 learners have been registered to write the exams in 2020. The total number of full-time candidates is 616 021; November part-time candidates 113 846; June senior certificates candidates 167 733; June full-time 155 935 and June part-time, 5 164. “All exam centres and storage points and nodal points have been audited. Invigilator training has been completed,” the department stated.
The department confirmed that a total of 45 809 markers have been trained and will be working at 180 centres throughout South Africa. “Provincial education departments are currently managing the marking of subjects where shortages of markers have been identified.”
“Provincial education departments will extend the number of days needed for marking to accommodate the marker shortages or use a staggered marking approach. Training of invigilators is conducted based on national manuals and training is conducted by competent provincial and district teams. Invigilator training across provincial education departments was conducted mostly virtually and in some cases face to face.”
The department said it identified eight possible risks, but were managing them and put measures in place. “We covered all the identified risks. We are dependent on Umalusi to alert what we need to do,” said Poliar.
The department will be assisted by Umalasi. Mary-Louise Madalane of Umalusi said: “Acceptable levels of readiness and related measures which are in place to ensure conduct of credible exams by departments of basic education and provincial education departments were noted and this is appreciated. Based on our observation and reports of SOR, Umalusi is satisfied that the Department of Basic Education, through the nine provincial education departments, is ready to conduct next June-November examinations.”