Photographer Ayanda Ndamane African News Agency(ANA)
Photographer Ayanda Ndamane African News Agency(ANA)

Education activist calls out DBE on alleged missing exams scripts lost in Free State tornado

By Harvest Thwala Time of article published Jan 3, 2022

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The Department of Basic Education (DBE) claimed that they found all the matric exams scripts that were allegedly lost in one of the marking centres that was hit by a tornado in the Free State.

Education activist Hendrick Makenete argued otherwise. In his statement, he called upon the DBE to always be transparent with the public, especially with matters of the public education system.

“The key question that must be answered by the Minister is that how many scripts have been lost and what will the department do to ensure that the affected learners do not forfeit their marks. After all, it is not the fault of learners. We owe it to the public to always be transparent, especially with matters of our public education system, which is itself struggling,” said Makenete.

Albert Moroko High School was used as a matric marking centre for Accounting paper 2 and Business Studies paper 2. The roof of the marking centre was blown off by the storm while marking was in progress in December 2021.

Later, the Education Department issued a statement confirming that they had counted the scripts, and all scripts were found.

In a statement, there were 24 519 scripts for Accounting P2 and Business Studies P2 that were delivered for processing at the Albert Moroka High marking centre. Accounting P2 scripts have been accounted for. In Business Studies P2, the one script that we were looking for has been found.

Meanwhile, here are the important date for the matric class of 2021:

27 December 2021 - Marks capture completed

3/4 January 2022 - National Examination Irregularities Committee (NEIC)

4/5 January 2022 - Pre-Standardisation meeting (DBE)

6 January 2022 - Umalusi Standardisation

14 January 2022- Umalusi Approval of Results

20 January 2022 - Ministerial Announcement

21 January 2022 - Provincial Release of Results

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