SA: KZN to release mid-year exam results

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By More Matshediso – SAnews.gov.za

Pretoria – About 150 examination centres in KwaZulu-Natal have been granted approval by Umalusi to release the 2014 mid-year Senior Certificate examination results, says the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

This after Umalusi — a Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training — excluded the province when it granted approval to eight other provinces to release the May/June results.

“Umalusi took a decision to withhold results in KZN, after a number of systemic irregularities were detected at 49 of the 95 centres that were part of the original sample of audited scripts,” the department said.

Furthermore, the department was allowed to launch an investigation into the extent of irregularities, by drawing a larger sample of scripts from all the remaining centres.

“The Investigative Audit was managed by the KZN Provincial Department of Education under the supervision of the DBE, while Umalusi monitored the investigation to ensure that it was carried out in a fair and credible manner,” the department said.

The department added that a team of 39 subject specialists were commissioned to conduct the investigation and 14 subjects were selected for the audit based on the disproportionately high provincial performance in these subjects, compared to the national average as confirmed by Umalusi.

“In KZN, a total number of 46 322 candidates had registered for the examination in 365 centres across the province,” the department said.

The department said it submitted the final report to Umalusi earlier this month, after a month long investigation.

The department said Umalusi took a decision not to approve the release of results at the remaining 203 centres [in KZN], where gross irregularities were found across subjects or where the investigation is not yet complete.

The names of the examination centres that were granted approval are listed on the department’s website. www.education.gov.za