Cooperation between communities and schools in protecting children's rights to education, has proven to be an effective model to sustain the efficient administration of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations across education districts in the Mpumalanga Province. This was confirmed during an engagement session conducted by Basic Education Deputy Minister, Dr Reginah Mhaule and Mpumalanga Education MEC, Mr Bonakele Majuba, during the monitoring of the NSC examinations at Dlomodlomo Secondary School in Ulukwatini this week.
As part of the monitoring sessions, Deputy Minister Mhaule engaged with School Management Teams (SMTs) and School Governing Bodies (SGBs) at the school to gauge the status of the end-of-year examinations. The SMT confirmed that the learners have completed all their examination papers thus far without any disruptions or irregularities and applauded members of the school community for their support.
According to national and provincial senior education officials, the administration of the NSC examinations has, this week, continued without glitches, with the majority of provinces acknowledging the unwavering support demonstrated by school communities across all examination centres. The Mpumalanga Head of Examinations said that the NSC examinations have been coordinated in an organised manner, adding that the credit should be directed at MSTs. He indicated that the province was currently capturing school-based assessments, adding that the Mpumalanga Province will subsequently facilitate training sessions for marking personnel ahead of marking activities. “As a frequent examination monitor, I can confirm that education districts have done a sterling job in terms of coordinating these examinations. During my weekly meetings with centre managers, it has often been raised that the stringent measures applied at centres played a crucial role in preventing any form of irregularity. Since the commencement of the examinations, the province has experienced no irregularities. I would like to express my gratitude to the DBE for its leadership, especially in centres where disruptions by community protests were reported”.
Deputy Minister Mhaule and MEC Majuba strongly condemned community protests that interrupt the effective administration of the NSC examinations. MEC Majuba also encouraged school communities to protect schools against any form of disruption. “The examination period presents learners with an opportunity to accomplish their goals as they complete one phase and embark on the next towards fulfilling their dreams. We should therefore rally behind them to assist them to accomplish this mission,” added MEC Majuba.
Deputy Minister Mhaule told the Class of 2022 to invest time and energy in their studies to prepare for a bright future. She urged learners to embrace discipline to become responsible citizens. “Education is not a certificate, but the level of maturity in one's life; you must therefore study diligently and respect your teachers to succeed academically”. She advised the Class of 2022 to remain focused and to ensure that they allocate sufficient time to each subject throughout the examination period, and to pay attention to detail. “Do not be intimidated by learners who submit their examination scripts before you do, and only submit yours when you are fully satisfied with your answers," motivated Deputy Minister Mhaule.