Eastern Cape wants 70% matric pass

2014-09-30 14:39

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The Eastern Cape’s matrics will get at least a 70% pass mark in 2014.

This is the word from the province’s education MEC, Mandla Makupula, who was addressing journalists at East London’s Leadership Institute in Stirling about the creation of teaching and nonteaching support staff posts at public schools.

The MEC said he was confident that the class of 2014 would make the 70% pass mark because the department had done the groundwork to make sure that all its matrics were supported and ready for exams.

The province achieved the lowest pass mark in the country in 2013 with 64%, a slight improvement on its last place and 61% in 2012.

“Our target is 70%. We have done enough to make sure that this is realised. We have held 144 winter schools across the province. The same number of spring schools will also operate around the province once the schools are close for the September holidays,” Makupula said.

“In the past 20 years we have always battled to get higher than 60% [as a] passing mark in the province. But we did so in 2012 and 2013, and in 2014 we are aiming even higher.”

In a bid to improve on difficult subjects such as maths and science, the department partnered with Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape, where experienced lecturers teach pupils with a video link to 46 centres across the province.

“We are very confident that these initiatives will improve our results significantly,” he said.

The MEC added that 80 000 study guides were distributed at schools through print media distribution channels.

Acting superintendent-general in the province, Ray Tywakadi, said the province was ready for the October 27 exams and had already launched a countdown campaign in June.

He said 69 768 pupils had registered to write matric exams on a full-time basis while 21 376 were part-time candidates and would write in 958 and 156 examination centres in the province, respectively.

“Markers of the papers have already been employed and are ready and marking centres are also ready and secured. We are all confident that our security is tight to avoid any leakages as we had done so successfully in the past.

“All our logistics are in place. The 70% target is based on the amount of work we have done as a department to ensure that exams run smoothly, but at the same time improve on the quality and standard of learning in the province,” Tywakadi said.

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