Newspaper clipping – The Mercury – 14 September 2010

KZN matric trial exams progress well

The Provincial Education Department has described the first day of matric trials yesterday as successful. Department spokeswoman Mbali Thusi said:
“The exams went well. We checked with police and our major education districts and there were no reports of disruptions,” she added.

The KwaZulu-Natal Congress of South African Students (Cosas) claimed that they had disrupted the exams. Cosas KZN secretary Njabulo Ziqubu said the maths paper 1 exam at Zipathe High School in Clermont was disrupted by pupils refusing to write.

Cosas argues that pupils have to be adequately prepared for the exams in the wake of the three-week public servant strike. A group of Cosas-aligned pupils moved around the lower South Coast area trying to disrupt the exams at some schools, but police stepped in, forcing the group to stop, said spokeswoman Col Zandra Wiid.

Meanwhile, thousands of Gauteng matriculants had their preliminary exams postponed again after confusion over which exam would be written yesterday.

Cosas are expected to disrupt exam sittings at schools around Gauteng, with particular focus on Soweto.

Sinegugu Ndlovu