Matriekeksamen hopelik vry van beurtkrag

2015-09-17
Dr Pieter Groenewald

Die minister van basiese onderwys, me. Angie Motshekga, het Eskom versoek om nie gedurende die matrieks se rekord- en eindeksamen beurtkrag toe te pas nie. Dit geld veral die vakke Rekenaar Toepassingstegnologie (RTT) en Inligtingstegnologie (IT) se praktiese eksamens. Sy het in die parlement geantwoord op ’n vraag van Pieter Groenewald van die Vryheidsfront Plus.

“Dit gee hopelik meer sekerheid vir leerlinge en help die spanning verlig. Dit sal uiters frustrerend wees as daar beurtkrag gedurende eksamens plaasvind wat daartoe kan lei dat vraestelle oor geskryf moet word. Dit sal onbillik wees teenoor die leerlinge en die Vryheidsfront Plus ondersteun die versoek van die minister aan Eskom,” sê dr. Pieter Groenewald, LP van die Vryheidsfront Plus.

Die minister het bevestig dat al die provinsiale departemente van onderwys die versoek aan al die onderskeie streeksbestuurders van Eskom in die provinsies gerig het. Sy het ook die versoek aan die waarnemende hoof uitvoerende beampte van Eskom gerig.

Die departement het ook ’n protokol wat sal geld indien daar wel beurtkrag sou wees. Dit behels dat (a) kandidate in die lokaal gehou word vir die tydperk van die beurtkrag en daarna kan voortgaan, (b) indien die beurtkrag langer as twee ure duur, sal die eksamensessie opgeskort en herskeduleer word, en (c) die departement het reeds ’n opvolgvraestel wat dan geskryf sal word.

“Alles moet gedoen word om te verseker dat die krag nie afgeskakel word nie en skole wat dit kan bekostig moet poog om noodkragopwekkers byderhand te hê. Die Vryheidsfront Plus wens matrikulante ook voorspoed toe vir die komende rekordeksamen,” het Groenewald gesê.


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ANTWOORD VAN MINISTER:

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 34/2015

3182. Dr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Basic Education:†

(1) What precautions has her department taken with the writing of the record examinations and final examinations of this year’s matriculants in case load shedding takes place at the schools and/or examination halls during this time;

(2) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW3780E

RESPONSE

Load shedding, will in the main, affect the writing of Computer Application Technology (CAT) and Information Technology (IT) practical examinations, where computers are used. In the management of examinations in previous years, power outages have been factored into the planning so as to ensure that no candidate is affected. The Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) have established contact with the regional managers of Eskom, and a request has been made for load shedding to be suspended on the days on which these practical examinations are administered during the Trial Examinations and the Final November examinations. In addition, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) will communicate with the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Eskom, to impress on him the need to suspend load shedding on the two days on which the Final Practical Examinations are written in CAT and IT. However, should load shedding occur, the Department has a protocol in place to cater for power outages which entails the following:

Candidates must be quarantined for the duration of the load shedding and the examination may resume when the electricity is restored;

Should the electricity not be restored in a period of two hours, the examination session is terminated and the examination must be re-scheduled; and

The DBE has set a back-up paper for these two practical examinations, and the examination will be re-scheduled for schools that may experience load shedding.

2. All schools are aware of the protocol relating to load shedding or power outages. This has been communicated via an official circular to all schools. In addition, the Department will convene a media briefing prior to the commencement of the final examination and this will be reiterated at this briefing.