Johannesburg – The Department of Basic Education on Monday said that 34.6% of pupils who enrolled to write matric supplementary exams were "no shows".The department conceded it was "imperative" that it "institute measures to curb the high level of no-shows".According to the department, about 40 142 candidates who enrolled had not written the examination.The 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) supplementary exams took place from Wednesday, February 10, until Thursday, March 17. In a statement, the department said it was pleased with the supplementary results. "The high number of learners who enrolled to write the supplementary examinations is an indication that the Second Chance NSC Programme is yielding positive results."However, the number of failures was not clear. The department said 115 966 full-time and 816 part-time candidates had enrolled to write. The overall pass rate had increased by 1.4%, from 70.7% to 72.1%, the department said. The overall national performance, including the supplementary results reflected a 72.1% national pass rate, an increase of 1.4% from the 70.7% obtained in the November 2015 NSC examination."This implies that 10 131 more candidates passed the National Senior Certificate examinations."Of these, 2 090 candidates achieved admission to diploma studies and 1 313 candidates qualified for admission to bachelor‘s studies, the department said.