Dept confident matrics will be ready for exams - Motshekga

2016-09-18 17:27
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga (Jenni Evans, News24)

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the department is confident matric pupils will be ready to sit their final exams this year, despite the spate of disruptions in some parts of the country.

Motshekga and the department met with the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) on Thursday, and she said it was "all systems go" for the 2016 NSC examination to begin in October.

"In terms of learner readiness, the Director-General and I have been on a national roadshow visiting all provinces as part of our broader monitoring and support programme to provinces," she said in a statement on Sunday.

"We have seen some provinces tracking learner performance data from the beginning of the year and we are confident that by the time learners sit for the final exam they will be adequately prepared."

There are 677 141 registered full-time and 150 183 part-time candidates in 2016 examinations, 9 000 more than 2015.

By province, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have the largest enrolments with 169 769 and 112 069 respectively.

"One of the developments that we are very excited about as CEM, and which is definitely worth noting, is that we have seen a significant uptake in pure mathematics as opposed to maths literacy."

She said this showed the department's efforts to promote mathematics as a subject choice were bearing fruit.

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