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Johanesburg - It is all systems go for the 707 136 matrics set to write their final exams and trying to equal or top last year's pass rate of 73.9%.

The first papers are being written on Monday, with the exams ending on 29 November. The results are expected on 7 January.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Wednesday the results of the last national exams show the country's education system is improving following the revision of the curriculum.

"We have weathered the storm and have turned the Titanic around," she said in Pretoria.

There were clear signs of progress.

"Much work has been done to bring stability in the system. Many schools are fairly functional and those that are struggling are receiving more support from national, provinces and districts."

Monitoring body Umalusi's acting COO, Vijayen Naidoo, said the target of approving 130 exam papers had been reached and all necessary security measures were in place. 

The Gauteng education department intervened in protest-hit Bekkersdal, on the West Rand, to protect matrics writing exams. 

"The department will, on a temporary basis, place these learners in a special residential camp outside the community, where they will be able to write their exams and receive study tuition," spokesperson Gershwin Chuenyane said.

"The necessity for continuing with this arrangement will be evaluated on a weekly basis," he said.


The ANC wished the matrics well.

"This assessment is a culmination of many years of hard work and dedication by the learners, educators and administrators alike and we wish them all possible success during this important time," said the party's Jackson Mthembu.

"The African National Congress calls upon families and communities to unreservedly support our matriculants by providing a conducive environment for them to study and thrive in their quest for academic excellence during this time," Mthembu said.

"This support must further extend to the period following the announcement of the results. Failure to attain desired success should never result in any young person being left behind, dejected or feeling hopeless."

He said the gains made in education were commendable as to date, more than 80% of public schools were no-fee schools, ensuring that steadily and surely the vision of free education was being realised.

"More than 7 million children get fed at our schools daily, providing much needed nutritional sustenance to the most needy in our society," Mthembu said.


The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) also wished matrics well for the coming exams.

"The CGE calls upon parents, guardians, relatives and community members to give matriculants ample and adequate time and space to prepare and concentrate on their exams," the commission said in a statement.

"It is incumbent on parents, guardians, relatives and community members to be supportive and encourage students to do well in the examinations regardless of their gender, ethnic or social origin, religious belief, sex and sexual orientation."

Commission chair Mfanozelwe Shozi said, "Hard working coupled with support and encouragement will inspire and ensure that students perform exceptionally well".

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