Pupils ready for the final matric exams, says MEC

AFTER three consecutive years of dismal matric results, Limpopo can now brace itself for a much improved performance.

This is the confident prediction of the province's MEC for education Namane Masemola.

Masemola was addressing a media briefing at the department's headquarters in Polokwane yesterday.

This will be the second time Grade 12 pupils write the National Senior Certificate examination curriculum.

This year's examination will commence on October 26.

Masemola said 101658 pupils from the Capricorn, Mopani, Vhembe, Sekhukhune and Waterberg districts would write this year's examination.

The province recorded a pass rate of 57,7percent in 2006 and improved the following year to 58percent. Last year the province recorded a disappointing 54,3percent pass rate.

The authorities have blamed the low pass rates on protest marches by teachers, lack of infrastructure and teaching aids.

Masemola said the province was ready to produce excellent results that would enable matriculants to attend institutions of higher learning next year.

He said it was "all systems go" as preparations for this year's examination had gone according to plan.

He cited enrichment programmes that were put in place by members of the community and the department of education.