Matric exams 'fair and credible'

2012-12-28 14:35

Johannesburg - The matric examinations of 2012 were declared fair, valid and credible by Umalusi on Friday.

"We hereby approve the release of the results of the national senior certificate examinations administered by the department of Basic Education," said Umalusi CEO Dr Mafu Rakometsi.

He said the same approval was issued for the exams administered by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB).

"We are satisfied that the examinations were fair, valid and credible."

Umalusi - the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training - approved the exams after various quality control measures, including moderating and approving question papers, verifying internal assessments, monitoring the conduct during exams, and monitoring and verifying the marking and final results.

Rakometsi said exams conducted for qualifications available through Further Education and Training (FET) colleges and Adult Basic Education and Training (Abet) were also approved - with the exception of N3 Electronics.

"These results are being withheld pending an investigation. We suspect some irregularities," said Rakometsi.

  • John - 2012-12-28 14:46

    "We hereby approve the release of the results" .....but do you APPROVE of the results themselves?

      Buhle King Mphunga - 2012-12-28 16:36

      how was zuma supposed 2 go 2 school with violences and apartheid. i started Grade 1 at the age of 13 because of the apartheid gaovernment. im also holding a respectable position

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-28 17:17

      Buhle, Zuma was supposed to go to school the same way that Madiba did. His choice to herd goats was his own and his parents'. He could also have studied at various adult basic education institutions, but he chose not to. And that is costing SA very badly!

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-12-28 14:58


      Allister Titus - 2012-12-28 15:12

      did zuma hav f e t education?

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-28 17:18

      Zuma once proudly revealed that "no teacher ever stood in front of this head", pointing at the watermelon on his shoulders. But he seems to have been awarded an honourary Grade 5/Std 3.

  • dadasuraj - 2012-12-28 15:12


  • - 2012-12-28 15:41

    We suspect some irregularities and you still declare the exams fair and credible. Hahahaha! You guys contradicted yourself in the same statement.

      daniel.malan3 - 2013-01-02 21:00

      You should learn to read mate, it is in reference to the N3 electronics, not all the results, just saying.

  • andre.ackermann.14 - 2012-12-28 15:56

    Has JZ passed grade 2?

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-12-28 16:14

      Hahaha... No! He buys his 'professorships' from China

      leonardo.newton.18 - 2012-12-28 17:41

      As far as JZ is concerned not a single teacher who can claim that JZ was once his student, sitting in a class. Nevertheless the crux of the matter here is what do we do in order to better the South African Education system. We need not shift the goal post, yes we are aware that the way president Zuma has portraid himself, his comments, image, reputation left much to be desired. And the media has find reasons to even contradicts the president more, everytime he opens his mouth piece. We have to find ways and means to move forward and stop pointing fingers to the president for each an everything that goes wrong in SA, cause i believe each an every department in the government has a person who is responsible to manage and lead that particular department to the right direction. That man wont be sitting on a throne forever.#JUST SAYING#

  • juliet.richardson.961 - 2012-12-28 16:09

    I feel sorry for the matriculants because they are given false hope on a piece of paper that is not securing any future. I recently moved to the uk and not because I don't love our land but because as a single mom with two kids and no job I could not promise my kids a future, now I am here and my one daughter went from grade 8 straight into grade 10 and she is remedial what a difference she is at a good govt school with tuTors in every class and at the end a education that is recognised world wide, they never even so much as looked at reports from her school in sa, and my oldest went from grade 11 to to college with a college diploma recognised to and all for free

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-28 16:41

    I would not employ a 2012 matriculant without Psychometric testing. Cannot trust the education system.

      Edison Nyamayaro - 2012-12-28 17:08


  • Masi Ncube - 2012-12-28 18:00

    So I'm an optimistic 17 year old ready for Matric 2013 next year. I am ready to rise up to the challenge and succeed next year and in my future- but seeing all these negative comments makes me wonder... Will the education system provide me with the tools to excel in whichever career path I choose? I don't see it completely failing me, but am I just being naive? Is it actually THAT bad?

      daniel.malan3 - 2013-01-02 21:02

      No it is not that bad. I have friends that are going to be brilliant one day. It depends on your own attitude, what you want and how hard you want to work to achieve that goal, people are overly negative about everything in SA, that's just how it is.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-12-28 18:47

    its the education department that has the credibility problem.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-12-28 19:56

    @Prakash you are an idiot of note and @Masi don't let them make you believe the ANC is to blame for gini coefficient (as this is what it boils down to) as we still stuck in residues of their regime... so in essence my little sister as a black young lady you in exciting times. The ANC that is so bad for whites has granted us opportunities as blacks.

      Masi Ncube - 2012-12-28 21:47

      I am a guy.

      prakash.singh.169 - 2012-12-29 02:09

      You and the rest of the blacks that will vote for the ANC will be damn fools. It is your democratic and constitutional right to have access to FREE education. Don't say the ANC (corrupt and rogue government) granted us opportunities as blacks.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-28 21:40

    well, they probably are both of those, the problem is the standard in certain areas wouldn't get an eleven year old over the grade in a normal country where quality is more important than quantity. Secondly, the appaulingly low pass mark requirement makes it difficult not to pass. I have litterally sat with three individuals with university degrees very recently to show them how to use an algebraic equation to work out something, it turned out that they could not work out a percentage which is required to assist with the unknown factors and the subject they studied does ( or should) include a fair amount of numeracy. They were using calculators which tells me that they simply did not understand the matter. Any explanations?

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-28 21:53

    @ Buhle King Mphunga, Yeah thats when you passed the admission grade, I bet you've got reserved parking at the primary school, you probably were the only pupil in grade two with a beard. I'm tired of hearing that crap. Without going any further, how did Mr Mandela become a lawyer with thoudands of others ?. It was before my time but I understand that universities were separate (apartheid) remember? You will not convince me that he had his own varsity, so, there were many more Just answer the question and don't elaborate, I'm not interested. But; what does that make you?

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-28 21:57

    themba.thwala.775. I must have eyed your mail. I agree one hundred percent. Judging by your name, you're black South African. Wish there were more like you; no excuses, move it. We'd get somewhere here. I salute you.

  • raulcharliebravo - 2012-12-29 00:46

    Fair and credible?!!! I wonder! This year's Mail and Guardian Report Cards gave Angie Motshekga an F. For those who do not know, she is the Minister of Basic Education. Even the president got an F.The only minister who got an A was Trevor Manuel.

  • philip.gray.10048 - 2012-12-29 01:09

    Yeah right. Good fairy story. Most cannot pass 33%.

  • tommo.too - 2012-12-29 02:44

    Anyone know Zuma's matric results...?

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