Preparations for matric exams underway
The National Senior Certificate examinations will kick off on 28 October.
CAPE TOWN - The Basic Education Department says minister Angie Motshekga and all nine MECs will be briefed this week on the final preparations ahead of the 2013 matric exams.
The National Senior Certificate exams get underway on 28 October.
The aim of the meeting is to discuss among others logistics around question papers and determining the exact number of grade 12s who have registered to write their finals in the respective provinces.
The department's Hope Mokgatlhe says they want the exams to be incident free.
"A final report is going to be presented to the minister and nine MECs on Thursday outlining the level of readiness of all provinces. But usually at this time of the year all systems are ready for the final examinations."
EDUCATION SYSTEM POLITICS
In KwaZulu-Natal MEC Senzo Mchunu is expected to report back to Motshekga as to why school textbooks were found shredded and burned at a warehouse in Empangeni.
Textbooks meant for schools in the province were discovered at a warehouse belonging to UTI Distributors.
The company has been contracted by Motshekga's office to distribute textbooks in all provinces.
Earlier this month, Zille publicly defended Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga saying Sadtu was to blame for the problems in education particularly in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo.
Zille said the minister was "targeted unnecessarily".
She said Motshekga was the best education minister her government had worked with.
Zille also said the minister was doing the best she could, given her limited budget.
"She can set policy frameworks, she can set norms and standards, but that is all she can do. The entire execution, the policy formulation and the passing of laws lies in the provinces."
Sadtu Secretary General Mugwena Maluleke says Zille is just playing politics.
"This is the crazy season where she's gunning for the elections and obviously for votes. She's using education as a political tool."
He also denies her claims that his union is stopping teachers from moving to schools that need more educators.
Sadtu has previously called for Motshekga to be fired.
In 2012, the country achieved a 73.9 percent pass rate with Gauteng coming out tops.
The overall pass rate had increased by 3.7 percent from the previous year.