Free State Education MEC, Dr Tate Makgoe and Head of the Department, Advocate Tsoarelo Malakoane assessed the first-ever new printing facilities, a milestone for the province.
The province boasts a state-of-the-art printing facility which will now allow the printing of examination question papers in-house instead of outsourcing service providers like before. The departmental leadership first visited other provinces to observe this method and used that as a benchmark to eventually be able to come to this conclusion.
Although other provinces have long been using this method, the Free State Education hails this result as a breakthrough because of the unique systems put in place to ensure that printing carries on without any hiccups and under a safe environment.
Free State Education MEC, Dr Tate Makgoe says the printing facilities will also help in cutting the financial implications.
The unique security system in the printing room makes it possible to know if any tampering with the question paper packs occurred after printing and should they also get lost, they can be traced wherever they are because of the barcode system on the papers. The building is also under 24 hour security surveillance daily.
On Tuesday, 13 October 2020 was the printing of the first question paper for the Life Orientation subject. Over and above the printing of question papers, the advantage of this facility is that the province will be able to print support material for learners’ as well common examination question papers.