Grade 12s urged to heed exam countdown

2010-07-02 00:00

THE department of Basic Education has begun its countdown to the National Senior Certificate examinations in October and has advised matriculants to make the most of the 115 days left for preparations and revision.

The matric classes of 2010 are scheduled to start their exams on October 25.

In a statement, department spokesperson Granville Whittle reminded all grade 12 pupils and their parents how important this time is.

“Given the extended school holiday period and in order to enable learners to achieve their full potential, all provinces have set in place a number of programmes during the five-week June-July vacation period,” said Whittle.

The programmes are focused on preparing matriculants for the end-of-year exams by offering a variety of interventions, including helpline services that are being manned by subject experts, winter schools and camps for pupils across the districts.

“All provinces are particularly targeting under-performing schools and districts. Additional classes will be offered in all pro­vinces and some have planned additional Saturday classes and classes in the September break,” he said.

However, Whittle stressed that pupils had a responsibility to organise and plan the rest of their preparations and revisions by making use of the support and guidance of schools, teachers, tutors and subject experts.

One practical way of doing this, he believes, would be for the grade 12s to make use of the timetable, which can be accessed through the education website (, to formulate their own revision timetables.

But Whittle warned this will need to be accompanied by self-discipline, regular school atten­dance and doing homework and regular revisions.

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