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Department is 'ready' for matric exams

By Sibongile | Sep 29, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IT'S ALL systems go for this year's matric exams.

IT'S ALL systems go for this year's matric exams.

The Department of Education says all provincial departments have made their presentations and reported that they are ready.

"We are ready for this one. We have increased capacity at national level to respond to problems we might come across," national Education Department spokesperson Granville Whittle said.

The exams start on October 26 and end on December 4.

The timetable has been made public and pupils have been urged to use the remaining 27 days to study harder.

About 600000 candidates will begin their exams with languages and finish with religion studies.

"We published matric support packs in one of the Sunday newspapers, and pupils are urged to contact the department if they need those packs.

"Schools are also advised to continue giving pupils extra classes just to ensure their readiness. Pupils must use the remaining days constructively and engage with their teachers and other stakeholders," Whittle said.

This year's matric results will be released in January.

Usually, the results are announced at the end of December.

At a meeting between education MECs and Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga it was decided to extend the time to mark exam papers.

About 600000 pupils sat for the exams last year, and there was a 62,5 percent pass rate.

At least 56300 pupils were left in suspense when they did not receive their results on December 30.

The most affected province was Mpumalanga.

More than 10 schools in Gauteng received a zeropercent pass rate last year.


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