KZN pass rate up to 80,5% after supps

2014-05-07 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education recorded another increase in the overall matric pass rate following the results of the supplementary examinations this week.

The supplementary exams began on February 17 and ended on March 25.

The exams were written by candidates who failed the November 2013 National Senior Certificate examination (NSC) examination by not more than two subjects; those who wrote the exams together with the November examination are considered as having participated in one examination sitting.

In a statement, spokesperson for the KZN Department of Education Sihle Mlotshwa said they were pleased with the results.

He said the KZN pass rate increased from 77,4% to 80,5%. At 117 047, KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest number of Senior Certificate achievers, followed by Gauteng at 108 087.

The head of department, Dr Nkosinathi S.P. Sishi, said he is very encouraged by the improvement. “These results show that our goal of passing all pupils in KwaZulu-Natal is not too far-fetched.”

The national Department of Basic Education said it was also pleased with the results.

A total of 66 105 candidates sat for these exams at 6 168 centres across the country under the same conditions required for the November exams.

“The overall national performance, based on the combined results of the November 2013 and supplementary examination is now 80,8%, which reflects an improvement of 2,6% from the 78,2% recorded in the November 2013 NSC examination,” it said.

“This implies that 15 030 more young people have attained the NSC and can therefore continue with further studies or enter the world of work. A total of 454 809 candidates have now been successful in attaining the National Senior Certificate.”

It said there has also been an increase in all categories of pass types, with 1 303 more candidates qualifying for admission to Bachelor studies, 2 834 more candidates now eligible for Diploma studies and 10 763 more candidates qualifying for admission to Higher Certificate studies.

The results are available at the school at which the supplementary examination was written.

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