Umalusi to brief media on matric exams

Johannesburg – Monitoring body Umalusi is on Thursday expected to brief the media on its readiness for the 2016 matric exams.

The briefing will be held at the University of Johannesburg’s Bunting Road campus.

The examinations will start later in October and conclude on November 29.

Last month, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said her department was confident matric pupils would be ready for the exams, despite disruptions in some parts of the country.

A total of 677 141 full-time and 150 183 part-time candidates would write the 2016 examinations, 9 000 more than in 2015.

KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng had the largest number of enrolments, with 169 769 and 112 069.

On September 13, Motshekga warned pupils at schools in violence-crippled Vuwani, Limpopo, that they should expect no sympathy because of the time they had lost. No special examinations would be arranged for them.

At the time, Motshekga was touring Vuwani for the first time since schools re-opened following a three-month shutdown in the area, the result of a municipal demarcation dispute. Several schools were burnt down.

Motshekga said violence and the destruction of school property had plunged the area’s schooling into disarray.

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