688 660 candidates registered for 2014 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

A total of 688 660 candidates are registered to write the 2014 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination on the 27th October 2014, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) said adding that it has finalised preparations for the conduct of the examination in all nine provinces.

Of the 688 660 candidates, 550 127 are Full Time learners and 138 533 are Part Time, the department said.

“These candidates will write their examination across 6 740 examination centres where invigilation will be conducted by an estimated 65 000 invigilators who will be responsible for ensuring that the examination is written under conditions that are free of any malpractice,” the DBE said.

“KwaZulu Natal Province has the largest Full Time enrollment (147 605 candidates) and Gauteng follows with 101 284 Full Time candidates enrolled.

“The Northern Cape has enrolled the smallest cohort of Full Time candidates of 9 504 this year. Nationally, 300 153 (54.6%) female candidates, and 249 974 male candidates (45.4%) have enrolled to write the 2014 NSC examination.”

It said a total of 258 NSC question papers for the November 2014 and March 2015 examinations have been set by the Department of Basic Education and externally moderated by Umalusi.

“Adaptations of question papers for the blind, partially sighted and deaf candidates is completed and the brailing of the respective question papers is on schedule,” the department assured.

“All provinces are printing to a detailed plan and this will translate into 7.2 million printed question papers that will be distributed during this year’s examination. A total of 231 180 candidates will write Mathematics and 171 549 candidates will write Physical Sciences in the 2014 NSC examination.”

It said final preparations are being made for the 7 million answer scripts to be collected on the day it is written and placed into secure storage and then shifted to the 117 marking centres across the country for marking by a selected team of 41 564 markers, who will commence with marking on 1 December 2014.

“The DBE, together with the provinces, will strengthen its monitoring of the 2014 NSC examination processes so as to ensure that the integrity and credibility of this exit examination is upheld at every examination centre.

“The Minister will officially announce the outcome of the 2014 NSC examinations on 5 January 2015 and the results will be released to candidates on 6 January 2015,” the DBE concluded.