Physical Science learners urged not to panic

Monday, November 9, 2009
By: 
Gabi Khumalo

Pretoria - The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has urged matric pupils who were writing the Physical Science paper which had an error on Friday not to panic as they are dealing with the matter.

On Friday, about 4 323 learners from independent schools sat for the Physical Science Paper which is set by the IEB.

According to reports, the question related to the motion of a rocket and showed a graph indicating time and velocity. However, the variables on the velocity axis were not printed and therefore learners were unable to answer the question.

The question was worth 25 marks, while the entire paper was out of 200 marks.

IEB Chief Executive Officer Anne Oberholzer said that the missing value was not printed due to a technical glitch on the final paper.

"We suspect a glitch on the computer system as the paper was not the same as the one we had sent out," Oberholzer told BuaNews on Monday.

She assured learners that they would not carry the burden and measures were being taken to ensure that they are not being disadvantaged.

"It will not have an impact on their results, the measures we are taking will ensure that they are not disadvantaged, the matter has been dealt with," she said.

Spokesperson for the Minister of Basic Education Hope Mokgatlhe said the IEB was not under the administration of the government and therefore it was not involved in the matter.

However, she said the department would intervene if approached by the board.

"We can give assistance when approached, but we will monitor the situation and give assistance if needed," Mokgatlhe said.