KZN gets green light for release of matric results

2010-01-06 15:10

It’s all systems go for the release of this year’s matric

examination results, the KwaZulu-Natal education department said tosday.

“Everything is in order. The marking process was completed on time.

The results will be released by the minister tomorrow [Thursday],” spokesperson

Mbali Thusi said.

“There was a slightly higher increase in the number of people that

wrote their exams though I do not have the correct figure,” she said.

KwaZulu-Natal had 140?089 full-time and 12?400 part-time candidates

registered for the examinations.

Marking at the province’s 31 centres took place from December 7 to

16 last year.

Thusi said it was difficult to predict an increase or decrease in

the pass rate.

“We will all just have to wait until tomorrow to see how the exams

went.”

She said the department had worked with the police to ensure matric

exam papers were not leaked.

“We worked very closely with the SAPS and took extra security

measures making sure that the papers were not leaked. We are also very grateful

to the staff for their hard work and professionalism,” she said.

Thirteen people, including an official from the Mpumalanga

education department, were arrested last year for stealing and leaking exam

papers.

The national education department on Tuesday said it hoped to

release exam results for Mpumalanga’s 60?000 matrics by the end of the

week.

Thusi said a report on any irregularities in KwaZulu-Natal’s exams

would only be released in mid-January.

On Thursday KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize and education MEC

Senzo Mchunu were expected to officially release the results at the Durban’s

Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.


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