All systems go for exams from next week

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SABRINA DEAN – Quality control body Umalusi says it’s all systems go for the 2014 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams, the first of which get underway from Monday next week.

Umalusi made the announcement during a sate of readiness briefing in Gauteng yesterday. Senior Manager of Quality Assurance of Assessments at Umalusi, Faith Ramotlhale, says despite a few remaining issues in provinces like Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, which have been under administration, Umalusi is confident that all systems are in place.

She says there are 551 656 full time candidates registered for the 2014 NSC and 135 259 part-time candidates. "These examinations will take place across more than 8110 examination centres as compared to 6 699 examination centres in 2013, and will be marked by over 41 509 markers as compared to 35 000 in 2013," a statement reads.

Ramotlhale says there are 9 981 full time candidates across the country registered for International Examination Board (IEB) exams, as well as 519 part time candidates in 207 examination centres.

She adds that question papers are ready, invigilators have been trained and exam centres have also been given the all clear.

Exams get underway on Monday for a smaller group of learners sitting for computer application and ICT exams. Ramotlhale says all registered candidates are expected to sit for the English paper on Monday, October 27.