News clipping – iol online – 25 October 2010

Smooth start for matrics

The matric examinations got off to a smooth start on Monday with no serious hiccups reported anywhere in the country, the Basic Education Ministry said. “Around 51 000 learners wrote Information Technology Theory Paper 2 and Computer Applications Technology Theory Paper 2, “ it said in a statement.

No serious irregularities were reported at any examination centre and the department said it was satisfied with the first day.

Examinations in the Free State also ran smoothly, the Freedom Front Plus said.

The party’s youth members visited various schools in the province and were happy that papers were delivered on time.

Youth leader Jan van Niekerk said the visit formed part of a countrywide monitoring plan, and that other schools in other provinces would be visited during the course of the final examination.
“We would look for irregularities and shortcomings.”

Van Niekerk said his team members were happy to see that enough questionnaires were delivered on time at schools on Monday and that exams started on time.
“Many (pupils) could finish the exams within the prescribed time and the reaction was that it was acceptable.”

Van Niekerk said the FF Plus was concerned that the pass rate could be lower than in the past due to the public sector strike of teachers and the hosting of the Fifa World Cup.
“We will monitor the exams constantly and visit schools to see that pupils do not suffer due to the shortcomings of the department of education,” he said. - Sapa