Rakometsi said the exams will be written at 1,406 examination centres across the country and marking will be conducted at about 215 marking centres.
“The Independent Examination Board has registered 13,201 NSC candidates who will write at 246 examination centres and the South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute has registered 2,871 part-time candidates who will write at 72 centres across the country,” Rakometsi said.
He said this year Umalusi had adopted a risk management based (RMB) approach as its strategy to evaluate the level of preparedness of assessment bodies to conduct the NSC examinations.
“As part of the RMB approach, Umalusi focuses on the following eight areas to fulfil its quality assurance of assessment mandate. The eight areas are management, registration of candidates and examination centres, school based assessment, printing, packaging and distribution of question papers, conduct of examinations, marker selection, appointment of marking personnel, systems for the capturing of marks and management of examination irregularities,” Rakometsi said.
Rakometsi said Umalusi does not advocate for the downgrading or trimming down of the quality examinations, in particular tinkering with the content of question papers.