Supp exams push pass rate up

2018-05-31 06:02

The Western Cape 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) pass rate has increased from 82,8% to 84,3% following the completion of the supplementary examinations.

Candidates who qualified to write the supplementary examinations did so in February and March.

Debbie Schäfer, provincial education minister, said a total of 933 candidates passed the supplementary examinations, while an additional 105 candidates also passed their matric after successfully applying for re-mark.

“This means an additional 1 038 candidates have now achieved their NSC for 2017,” she said.

“While we are proud that we were able to increase our pass rate, this is not our primary indicator of success.”

Quality indicators, Schäfer explained, include the percentage of candidates who qualify for access to bachelor degree study.

She said 194 candidates who wrote the supplementary exams achieved a bachelor’s pass.

A total of 81 learners who successfully applied for re-marking achieved a bachelor’s pass.

Schäfer said the province achieved the highest percentage of candidates in the country with access to bachelor degree study in 2017, even before the supplementary exams, so this is all the more pleasing.

Said Schäfer: “Thomas Edison said: ‘Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.’ My heartiest congratulations go to these learners who did not give up on themselves, learnt from their failures and just tried one more time, to ensure that they achieved their NSC.”

“I am incredibly proud of you and wish you the very best for your future with an NSC in hand.”

She urged candidates who have yet to receive their results via the post to contact the department’s certification and examinations division to obtain their results by phoning 021 467 2000.

Those candidates who did not pass have until today (Thursday 31 May) to register for the 2018 NSC examinations.

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