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Umalusi worried about effect of load shedding on exams as DBE leans on ‘daytime mild’



Education high quality assurance council Umalusi believes steady energy cuts throughout South Africa on account of load shedding could have a damaging affect on the 2021 matric outcomes.

Load shedding

Power utility Eskom has been implementing load shedding since Grade 12 pupils began writing their matric exams on 27 October, with solely two- or three-day breaks in between that point.

This is because of challenges starting from shortages of era capability, low diesel ranges and items tripping at a number of of Eskom’s energy stations.

Matric pupils at the moment need to take care of stage 2 load shedding all through this week, till 5am on Saturday.

Speaking to Newzroom Afrika, Umalusi CEO Mafu Rakometsi stated load shedding would have an effect on the standard of the exams, as effectively as the outcomes.

“Load shedding will negatively affect on the outcomes. If college students aren’t in a position to examine adequately, then that may be a downside.

“I want to say that people are not equally sighted in terms of how they can see and immediately you have to write in a dark room. That situation is going to affect the students differently. [They] might struggle to go through the question papers and struggle to write because they are writing in a room that [isn’t] well lit,” Rakometsi stated.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE), in the meantime, has reiterated that pure mild will cease load shedding from disrupting the matric exams.

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“Exams have been persevering with and even as I write this message, exams are sitting and load shedding is going on, however there’s no disruption. All you want is pen, paper and ample daytime mild for exams to proceed.

“Load shedding is a concern in terms of the preparation for the exams because learners cannot study, but the writing is proceeding well,” DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga advised The Citizen on Monday morning.

Asked about contingency plans put in place by the division to forestall potential disruptions, Mhlanga stated: “There are no disruptions due to load shedding.”

Mhlanga beforehand indicated that the division had already communicated with Eskom about its considerations over load shedding.

Meanwhile, the Public Servants Association (PSA) in KwaZulu-Natal has referred to as on authorities to take care of the load shedding disaster.

“Some of the learners can’t have the ability to examine at night time, even in the course of the day, if the climate is like this. If you write exams at midnight it’s a downside […] it frustrates our educators as a result of if the outcomes come damaging they are going to be criticised.

“It is for these reasons where we say something needs to be done. You cannot load shedding since 2007 as it is on and off,” PSA provincial supervisor Mlungisi Ndlovu advised eNCA.

Results

During a media briefing last month, Priscilla Ogunbanjo, director of public examinations and evaluation at DBE, revealed that the category of 2021 may count on to obtain their National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination outcomes on the finish of January subsequent year.

“At the top of December, we anticipated to have captured all of the marks as a result of we’re going to be ending marking on the 22 of December.

“And we will go onto our pre-standardisation processes by the 6th of January and we’re expecting the minister [Angie Motshekga] will be announcing the results by the 20th of January and provinces will release thereafter on the 21st,” Ogunbanjo stated.

A complete of 897,786 candidates are anticipated to take a seat for his or her NSC exams at greater than 7,000 examination centres throughout the nation.

This year’s matric exams will conclude on 7 December.

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