Umalusi gives green light to 2019 national exams


Umalusi has confirmed that the country is ready to proceed with the administration of the 2019 national examinations.

On the 10th October the Umalusi Council briefed the media on the upcoming end-of year exams stating that the relevant assessment bodies have received approval to move forward with finals.

The end-of-year examination process has faced increased scrutiny over the years due to reports of maladministration and paper leaks.

As the national authority on quality assurance Umalusi is responsible for setting and monitoring standards for general and further education and training in South Africa.

Umalusi Media Statement:

Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, has granted approval to various assessment bodies to administer the oncoming end-of-year examinations.

The Council has conducted a thorough assessment of the readiness of the basic education system to manage and conduct the 2019 national examinations. To this end, the Council is generally satisfied that all assessment bodies are ready to undertake this massive task.

In the past few months, public and independent assessment bodies have worked hard to ensure that their examination systems comply with Umalusi’s policy and directives regarding the administration, management and conduct of examinations.

As a Quality Council, Umalusi’s role is to monitor and verify the work of public assessment bodies - Department of Basic Education (DBE) and Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) – and private assessment bodies - Independent Examinations Board (IEB), the South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute (SACAI) and Benchmark Assessment Agency (BAA).

In terms of the National Senior Certificate (NSC), also known informally as ‘matric’, the 2019 examinations administered by DBE will be written by approximately 629 197 full-time and approximately 122 471 part-time candidates with a total of approximately 751 668 candidates - this is a decrease of more than 40 000 candidates compared to 2018. These examinations will take place at more than 6 900 centres across the provinces.

On the other hand, IEB has registered 11 839 full-time candidates across the country and 840 part-time candidates at 215 full-time examination centres Page 2 of 3 including one (1) in Mozambique, seven (7) in Namibia and six (6) in Eswatini. SACAI has registered 2 073 part-time candidates and 570 repeat candidates with a total of 2 643 candidates at 77 examination centres.

Umalusi focuses on the following 8 areas as part of its quality assurance of assessment regime: management, registration of candidates and examination centres, school-based assessment, printing, packaging and distribution of question papers, conduct of examinations, marker selection and appointment of marking personnel, systems for the capturing of marks and management of examination irregularities.