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Umalusi Satisfied With Credibility Of Matric Exams, Says No Systemic Irregularities Were Detected


UMALUSI, the body that assess the matric examination results, said this weekend that it moderated a total of 145 question papers for the 2020 National Senior Certificate exams.

“Thirteen subjects were sampled for School Based Assessment (SBA) moderation and five (5) subjects for Practical Assessment Tasks (PAT) moderation across the nine PEDs. The sample is inclusive of schools located in eSwatini,” according to Umalusi’s CEO, Dr Mafu Rakometsi. 

Rakometsi was speaking during the three-day Basic Education Lekgotla following the release of the matric results. 

He said all irregularities which were identified were managed in accordance with the Regulations Pertaining to the Conduct, Administration and Management of the National Senior Certificate Examinations by the Provincial Examination Irregularities Committees (PEIC).

This came after an uproar from the education sector and parents after two exam papers were leaked in December last year, raising fears that the quality assurer would not approve the release of the results. 

“A detailed report, covering all the quality assurance of assessment processes, will be shared with the Department of Basic Education and Provincial Education Departments,” said Rakometsi. 

He confirmed that Umalusi is still investigating the leakage of the examination papers and will deal with those involved once the investigation is over.

Rakometsi said during the moderation of the November 2020 NSC question papers, they identified some improvements: 

  • An increase in the number of question papers that complied fully with the following six criteria: internal moderation, content coverage, cognitive skills, predictability, conformity with question paper and overall impression;
  • An increase in the number of question papers that were approved at first moderation from 36 (35.8%) in November 2019 to 69 (48.6%) in the November 2020 examination cycle. 

“The seating arrangements in adherence to social distancing protocol made it easier for marking personnel to maintain a high level of concentration during the marking process,” said Rakometsi. 

Rakometsi said the Executive Committee of Umalusi Council is satisfied that there were no systemic irregularities reported, which might have compromised the overall credibility and integrity of the November 2020 NSC examinations administered by the department of basic education.(SOURCE: INSIDE EDUCATION) 

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