Approximately 2 393 candidates in the Free State who did not achieve the National Senior Certificate pass grade in the 2016 examination are expected to write supplementary examinations from 22 February till 31 March. Of this number, the provincial Department of Education said 131 candidates have opted to improve their marks. These candidates were part of the successful 2016 matriculants.The department stated that 2 178 learners did not achieve pass marks, while 81 did not complete their exams due to various reasons, ranging from illness to family bereavement. According to the department’s plan, supplementary results will be released at the end of April this year. Registration is free for supplementary examination classes.The Free State MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe, has appealed to candidates writing supplementary examinations to ensure that they successfully complete writing their examinations to obtain the National Senior Certificate, which is the key to their future. “During our analysis, we discovered that some learners only need to pass one subject to obtain their National Senior Certificate,” he said.The department said three of the learners writing supplementary examinations were from special schools – the Bartimea School for the Deaf and the Rekgotsofetse Special School for the Blind. Makgoe has advised all candidates in the Free State to study hard and collect their examination timetable at schools and centres where they registered. To better prepare candidates, the department said it has teamed up with the University of the Free State to broadcast lessons through the Internal Broadcast Project (IBP) to about 90 centers across the province. Revision materials will be provided to registered learners on the following subjects: Business Studies, Accounting, Economics, History, Geography, Maths, Maths Literacy, Physical Science and Life Science. Learners are advised to get more information from their schools. Makgoe said if only 60% of the supplementary examination candidates are successful, the Free State pass rate will increase to 96,3%, and if only 30% are successful, the pass rate will increase to 90,4%.