More than 80 000 register to write supplementary matric exams

2016-01-29 18:00
Angie Motshekga

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Pretoria – 82 743 candidates have registered for supplementary matric exams in February and March, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said on Friday.

She was briefing the media following a high-level Council of Education Ministers meeting on Thursday.

Although the start of the 2016 school year went well – with "a few challenges" – she said one of the problems encountered was that some parents were trying to use their children to hold the government "at ransom".

"There is a new phenomenon that is fashionable," she said. "If parents do not get their way, they keep their children at home."

Motshekga said that, despite a number of problems in the education sector, parents should not use their children to hold government to ransom.

"If we lose more time with pupils, it will be very difficult to recover. This is really a humble appeal to parents. Let us solve our problems without compromising that which we can’t salvage, which is time," she said.

Motshekga said one of the challenges the education department had to deal with was with the movement of pupils within and across provinces.

But, she said Gauteng had done well to ensure that pupils who were not placed at schools at the beginning of the year were allocated spaces.

She said supplementary matric examinations would start on February 10 and continue until March 17.

But, Motshekga said, this would change next year as evidence had shown that if pupils wrote supplementary exams too early, there was a lower pass rate.

"From 2017, they will sit for the exams in June. We are introducing a new exam for all people – repeaters and those writing supplementary exams. We won’t have supplementary exams in February – it’s too early," she said.

As many as 82 743 candidates have registered for supplementary exams, with the highest number coming from the Eastern Cape (22 268), followed by Limpopo (17 000), Gauteng (10 000) and KwaZulu-Natal (8 600). The other provinces made up the rest.

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