After a testing year, grade 10 and 11 final exams have been canned
Pupils will write tests set by schools, not exams drawn up by provinces, a decision that’s been welcomed
Teachers, teacher unions and education experts have welcomed the department of basic education’s scrapping of the final exams for grade 10 and 11 pupils.
These pupils will now write “controlled” tests set by schools instead of the so-called common exams that have been previously set by the provinces.
In the past, the promotion of grade 10 and 11 pupils to the next grade was largely dependent on the results pupils achieved in the high-stakes, year-end exams, which counted for 300 of the 400 marks for each subject. The remaining 100 marks came from tests, assignments and projects, known as school-based assessment (SBA)...