Education MEC: End of the Examinations and the Start of the Marking Process
Tomorrow marks the end of the 2010 National Senior Certificate examinations for our Grade twelve (12) learners.
While the majority of our learners have already completed their examinations, tomorrow we will see the last of our Class of 2010 complete the subjects of Religion Studies (437), Civil Technology (2080), Hospitality Studies (660) and Sport and Exercise Science (28).
I am pleased with how the Department has handled the examination process so far. These examinations are a huge logistical exercise and I would like to thank our highly dedicated and committed team, for their professional conduct throughout the exam process.
However, our work is not yet done.
Next week, the marking process will begin. Marking will start on the 8th of December and is planned to be completed by the 15th of December. The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) have appointed three thousand, seven hundred (3 700) people to mark the eight million (800 0000) examination scripts that have been completed.
To ensure a uniform, high standard of marking, a percentage of scripts and markers will also be moderated (remarked) by senior markers appointed for this purpose.
Each of the marking centres has strict security in place at all times to protect the integrity of the examinations. Once the marking process has been completed, we will then await the release of the results. Results are expected to be released on the 6th of January 2011.
In the meantime, many of our Grade twelve (12) learners will now be heading off to various parts of the province for "matric rage" parties. We are relieved that there have been no road deaths so far, as compared to last year. As one can recall, five Grade twelve (12) learners tragically lost their lives in road-related accidents during this period, so I would again like to ask our learners to remain safe during this time.
They must exercise extreme caution while driving, be vigilant of other vehicles and pedestrians, and ensure that they buckle up and drive responsibly.
We also appeal to them to celebrate responsibly.
I would also like to thank the Provincial and local traffic authorities for their commitment in ensuring greater visibility on our roads, especially in areas such as Plettenberg Bay, where we expect large numbers of learners to congregate for various parties.
Minister of Western Cape Education, Donald Grant
Cell: 072 724 1422