Countdown to KZN matric exams begins

2016-10-19 06:00

WITH 10 days to go before the start of the 2016 Grade 12 National Senior Certificate examinations, the KZN Department of Education has said it is ready to administer the writing of the exams.

On 24 October, hundreds of pupils will sit for the first of their final exams with the majority of candidates due to start on 26 October.

In KwaZulu-Natal, 171 480 full-time candidates will sit for final exams over six weeks.

Department spokesperson, Kwazi Mbanjwa, said this number has increased from 169 825 full-time candidates, who sat for their final exams in 2015.

Umgungundlovu District has 144 public centres and 13 independent ones.

Mbanjwa said building up to the exams the department has intensified its intervention programmes to make sure that results improve this year from the 7.7% drop last year.

“We are satisfied with preparations for the end-of-year-exams and confident everything will run smoothly. During the course of the year the department increased schools’ functionality monitoring to ensure teaching and learning takes place.

“Support was also offered to pupils in the form of subject experts to ensure they got the assistance they required to tackle difficult subjects.”

He said the syllabus for 2016 has been completed and revision has been done to ensure pupils are ready for their examinations.

Mbanjwa assured candidates that examinations will run smoothly without any hiccups.

“We want to encourage those, who will sit for their final examinations, to continue studying hard.

“They have the department’s full support and we are available to ensure this process runs smoothly. We believe they will produce outstanding results and make KZN proud again.”

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