Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
THERE are 110 days left before this year's matric examinations begin.
The Department of Basic Education has announced that learners will sit for examinations from October 25 to December 3.
Department spokesperson Granville Whittle said: "We had an extended school holiday period. Learners will need help to achieve their full potential. For this reason, all provinces had arranged programmes during the five week June-July vacation period.
"These programmes are focussed on preparing matriculants for the final examinations."
Whittle said the provinces offered a variety of interventions, including help lines staffed by subject experts, winter schools or camps for learners across districts.
The provinces targeted under-performing schools and districts.
Additional classes will be offered in all provinces. Some have planned for Saturday classes and during the September break.
Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy announced the Senior Secondary School Improvement Plan.
The plan was aimed at improving matric results in 267 under-performing schools. Pupils were given extra classes in maths, science and accounting during the winter school holidays.
Yesterday, Western Cape education MEC Donald Grant said additional resources to help pupils had been provided since January.
"An interactive telematic teaching programme in key subjects was also rolled out to help learners," he said in a statement.
Grant said 46888 candidates had registered for the exam in the province, and 3800 markers would be appointed.
The markers would each have a minimum of two years experience in teaching the subject concerned at Grade 12 level. They'd also have a recognised, three-year post Senior Certificate qualification.
Nominations for invigilators had also been concluded and 2382 invigilators would be appointed.
Marking begins on December 9. Mark capturing is expected to be completed by December 22 with the final results expected on January 6.
The examination timetable is available at www.education.gov.za