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Mbombela - Not even bad weather can ruin Mpumalanga’s hopes to produce a 74% matric pass rate this year.

The provincial education department has approached the army to help ferry exam papers and pupils to schools in the event of heavy rains during the matric exams, which start on 22 October.

“We are in discussions with local governments and the South African National Defence Force to ensure children get to exam centres and exam papers are delivered. There will be no disruptions even if we experience heavy rains,” said education spokesperson Jasper Zwane.

Education MEC Reginah Mhaule said preparations have gone so well for the exams, that the weather is the only unpredictable threat.

“Our threat remains the unpredictable weather patterns. However we are putting systems in place to ensure that we are proactive should we experience heavy rains during the time of writing,” she said.

Last summer, heavy rains disrupted teaching for weeks at certain schools and also destroyed infrastructure worth millions.

Zwane believes that the department has eliminated any possibility of exams papers being leaked or results being fixed.

“Our system is really tight and security is good. Papers will be delivered on the day of exams while the marking will be strictly monitored,” said Zwane.

The province hopes to improve its Grade 12 pass rate by 10 percentage points this year to 74.8%.

Mhaule believes this is possible following the 8 percentage point improvement in the matric pass rate to 64.8% last year.

Mpumalanga hopes to achieve an above 80% pass rate when Grade 12 pupils sit for the 2014 final exams.

This year a total of 56 337 pupils will write the final exams, 48 987 of which are full time candidates while 7 350 are part time.

Schools around the Ehlanzeni district have the most full time candidates compared to the other districts in the province.

The exams will start on 22 October with English Paper 1 and will end on28 November with the writing of Dance and Electrical Technology.

Exam markers will start the same day at 18 different centres and will finish their work on 14 December.

The results will be available in January next year.

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