‘Matrics capable of higher pass rate’

2010-10-22 00:00

A MATRIC pass-rate less than the one achieved last year would be a disappointment for KZN Education MEC Senzo Mchunu.

Mchunu said this yesterday while addressing journalist at his Truro House offices in Durban.

He said he felt confident that KZN matriculants are capable of achieving this, despite all the disruptions caused by the football World Cup and the three-week long teacher strike.

He said that his department had left “no stone unturned and taken all necessary steps and processes to ensure that exams are held with no glitches”.

“I want to assure everyone that we have systems, personnel and determination for a successful session of the matric exams.”

This year, KZN has 130 485 full-time pupils and over 20 000 part-time pupils writing

The province has 32 marking centres, with 1 000 administrative assistants and 200 administrative officials who will carry out the checking process and submission of the mark sheets to the data section for capture.

Mchunu also emphasised the dedication by the teachers who gave up their September holidays to ensure that pupils were well prepared.

“I know of teachers that taught at night during the strike. Some schools re-arranged their whole operations by either starting early or finishing late …” he said.

“I agree that there are schools that would have to play catch-up, we are satisfied the efforts were made … We feel that teachers did everything possible to prepare their learners.”

Mchunu also said that the morale in most of the schools that he visited after the strike was positive, from both teachers and pupils.


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