Matric IT exams run smoothly despite load-shedding

Gauteng education spokesperson Steve Mabona said only nine pupils could not write the IT exam. File photo.
Gauteng education spokesperson Steve Mabona said only nine pupils could not write the IT exam. File photo.
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The matric Information Technology (IT) exams went smoothly with only minor disruptions caused by load-shedding, the Gauteng department of education said on Friday.

“The IT examination went very well yesterday. We only had a few glitches,” department spokesperson Steve Mabona said.

Mabona said out of 1,218 candidates, only nine could not write the exam.

The affected pupils are expected to do a rewrite.

Mabona said there were some delays due to load-shedding, but these didn’t disrupt the exams.

On Thursday, the Computer Application Technology practical exam was “severely affected” by Eskom's power cuts.

A total of 317 matric pupils in Gauteng will have to rewrite their practical examination at a later date.

The department also had to contend with a report of a bomb scare at a school in Vereeniging on Wednesday. The department said the matrics had finished writing and exams were not affected.

Eskom’s acting CEO Jabu Mabuza announced that Stage 1 load-shedding would be implemented on Friday.

Mabuza said that, as of Thursday evening, the system remained constrained and vulnerable, but they hoped for a weekend free of load-shedding.


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