The wait is almost over for matric pupils eager for exam results

2014-12-30 00:00

FOR some matric pupils the wait is almost over.

The Independent Examination Board will release the 2014 National Senior Certificate results to the media today and they will be published in various newspapers around the country tomorrow.

IEB chief executive officer Ann Oberholzer would not discuss the results, saying she would respond to media queries after the results have been released.

She told Sapa last month that candidates wrote their exams at 191 examination centres across the country.

The New Age reported yesterday that more than 200 independent schools across the country that offer the board ­examinations were ready to release the ­results.

Oberholzer predicted a pass rate of higher than 98%, reported the New Age.

Meanwhile, the Department of Basic ­Education will release the 2014 National Senior Certificate examination results on Monday.

Minister of Basic Education Angie ­Motshekga will announce the national and provincial pass rates, which will be broadcast live on TV and published on the department’s website.

The department said of the 688 660 candidates who registered to write the examination this year, 550 127 were full-time candidates and 138 533 were part-time candidates.

“The exams were written across 6 740 examination centres with 65 000 invigilators supervising the process over five weeks,” said Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mahlangu.

“Candidates will also have access to their results in various newspapers on ­January 6 using exam numbers,” said Mahlangu.

He urged candidates to collect their ­results at their school or at the exam centre where they wrote their exam.

He said teachers will be available to assist with queries, offer support and give advice, as well as provide relevant information where necessary.

The department said this year KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest number of full-time enrolment, with 147 605 candidates, followed by Gauteng with 101 284.

Mahlangu said Northern Cape enrolled the lowest number, 9 504, of full-time ­candidates this year.

Mahlangu said nationally, 300 153 (54,6%) female candidates and 249 974 male candidates (45,4%) had enrolled to write the 2014 National Senior Certificate exam.

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

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