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Precautions against load shedding during exam times

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The Department of Education has given the assurance that they are ready for the coming Grade 12 examinations.
“The province is ready for the examination. We do not even anticipate any type of hindrances to smooth examination writing. Learners are also getting ready. Despite the sporadic protests, learners affected by protest actions are getting assistance through catch-up programmes. In Vhembe, pastors and other stakeholders are assisting learners with motivational sessions,” Naledzani Rasila, Senior Communications Manager of the department told Polokwane Observer.
Rasila said the Department of Basic Education (DBE) will arrange that no load shedding will take place during certain critical practical examinations for Grade 12 learners. According to Rasila, they will make the necessary arrangements with Eskom at a high level.
In an earlier press release the national department said provincial Education departments have established contact with the regional managers of Eskom and a request has been made for load shedding to be suspended on the days on which practical examinations are administered during the trial examinations and the final examinations written by Grade 12 learners in November.
Load shedding will, in the main, affect the writing of Computer Application Technology (CAT) and Information Technology (IT) practical examinations, where computers are used.
DBE Minister Angie Motsheka reportedly said: ”In addition, the Department of Basic Education will communicate with the acting Chief Executive Officer of Eskom to impress on him the need to suspend load shedding on the two days on which the final practical examinations are written in CAT and IT.”
Should load shedding occur, the department has a protocol in place to cater for power outages which entails that candidates will be quarantined for the duration of the load shedding and the examination may resume when electricity is restored. Should electricity not be restored in a period of two hours, the examination session will be terminated and rescheduled.
The DBE has set a back-up paper for these two practical examinations, and the examination will be re-scheduled for schools that may experience load shedding.

Story: NELIE ERASMUS
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