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Matric exams on track despite earlier hiccups

By Tebogo Monama | Nov 09, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Gauteng department of education matric examinations have been going ahead without major problems.

THE Gauteng department of education matric examinations have been going ahead without major problems.

A total of 101218 full-time and 8117 part-time candidates are writing their Senior Certificate examinations at 790 centres throughout the province.

Pupils across the country wrote mathematics (paper one) and mathematical literacy (paper one) on Friday. Today they are writing mathematics (paper two) and mathematical literacy (paper two).

The maths papers had to be reset after a leak in Mpumalanga in which two pupils and a teacher were implicated.

Gauteng education spokesperson Nanagolo Leopeng said all the exam papers arrived on time and no incidents of cheating were reported.

Leopeng said: "Most of the papers are those with a small number of candidate enrolment and did not involve all the centres, except for Afrikaans that was written last Friday and English on Monday.

"During this period no problems were experienced or picked up by either pupils or officials. A large number of monitors have been deployed and are giving daily reports."

The Independent Examination Board says matriculants who wrote a physical science paper on Friday will not be disadvantaged in any way.

An error in question one, omitting a value, made it impossible to answer, sparking outrage.

Around 200 schools write the final-year exams prepared by the private body.

The board's chief executive Anne Oberholzer says the problem is under investigation.

"The pupils will definitely get the benefit of the doubt and won't be disadvantaged in any way by an error that is obviously not of their making. We are really sorry that this error has crept in but again, we will have to see how it occurred so we can take appropriate action," she said.


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