Electricity Cuts affecting NSC exams
Statement by Bronagh Hammond, Director: Communications, WCED
Despite various contingency measures being put in place, and assurances from ESKOM as recently as yesterday, we were unfortunately informed at the last minute that loadshedding was to take place across the country.
Our examinations team immediately liaised with the various district offices to inform them of the warning of loadshedding and requested that existing protocols for electricity shortages during a Computer Applications Technology (CAT) exam be put in place.
These protocols include ensuring that no learner leaves the examination venue should the electricity cut out, and that they are instead quarantined until electricity resumes and technical assistance is provided.
Learners that had already begun the exam, will continue with where they left off once the electricity comes back on. There is an automatic save function so that learners do not lose the work already completed in event of an electrical shortage or malfunctioning.
The WCED is in constant communication with all the schools via their subject advisors to ensure that the exam is managed in consistent manner.
Our priority is to ensure that learners are not further disadvantaged as a result of these cuts.
District staff have been on standby and are assisting schools that have been affected in monitoring the security protocols and the re-starting of the computer’s once the electricity comes back on.
We do not yet have a final numbers on how many centres have been affected. Thus far we are aware of approximately 30 centres.
The same protocol for today, will apply for tomorrows IT examination.
Today, 8 960 learners wrote the CAT examination at 274 centres.
Tomorrow, there are 939 learners registered to do the Information Technology examination at 83 centres.
Western Cape Education Department
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