Matric pass rate expected to increase

2014-01-05 09:37
Matrics wait anxiously for their results. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Matrics wait anxiously for their results. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - MECs of education in provinces around the country have predicted an increase in the matric pass rate for 2013. Results are expected to be available on Tuesday morning.

According to the Sunday Times, at least six provinces are expecting to see an increase. These include Mpumalanga, North West, Eastern Cape, Limpopo and the Free State. The Western Cape also expects a slight increase. Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape did not respond.

Mpumalanga is expected to reward its top-performing pupil with a sponsored car.

Western Cape education MEC Donald Grant said he was not too concerned about the pass rate, but was hoping for more university passes and more maths and science passes.

Quality assurance body Umalusi has warned that most maths candidates are still performing at lower levels. The body last week declared the 2013 matric exams fair and credible.


In December, the basic education department said matric examination paper marking had been completed and minister Angie Motshekga would release the national and provincial results on January 6.

On 7 January individual pupils' results would be available at schools and in print and online media.

The department said its 35 000 markers, working in 118 marking centres, completed their task on 15 December and the subsequent data capturing process had been concluded.

A total of 57 690 full-time and 130 646 part-time candidates sat for the exams in 6699 centres.

The department said it had added security features, including a watermark and a serial number, to the statement of results to be issued to pupils.

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