The Senior Certificate (SC) examination, a focus of the research
described in this thesis, has an important function in terms of the
quality of the education system overall and also in terms of the
contribution of education to the achievement of national goals. The
SC examination functions i) as a measure of achievement at school
ii) as an indicator of work readiness and iii) as an indicator of
the potential to succeed in higher education. This thesis offers a
critique of the SC examination in respect of its functions. The way
in which learners' language related needs are constructed is
crucial in discussing the SC examination's legitimacy since
perceptions about the needs of learners are reflected in what is
taught and assessed. Since the majority of candidates writing the
SC examination do so using a language which is not their mother
tongue, the research described in the thesis attempted to identify
the way in which the English second language (ESL) SC examination
papers construct learners' needs.
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