Pretoria – Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said that all storage points for matric papers have been put to the test as almost 800 000 matriculants gear up to write their final exams.
Speaking at a press conference in Pretoria on Friday, Motshekga said, "All 212 storage points across the country have been audited to ensure compliance with the minimum security standards. Storage points that do not comply will not be allowed to store question papers."
The question papers have already been set and have been externally moderated, she said.
Motshekga said the department had been working to ensure that the exam was up to standard and that there were no irregularities.
There are 636 814 registered full-time candidates and 161 475 part time candidates in 2017.
In 2016, there were about 37 000 more matriculants who were enrolled on a full-time basis.
The department's director for exams Priscilla Okubanjo has previously said that this year's cohort was significantly smaller because a smaller group of pupils had enrolled in Grade 1 in 2006.
Said Motshekga,"KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have the largest enrollments again, with 169 023 and 112 164 respectively. Limpopo has 110 639, while Eastern Cape registered 92 755 candidates."
Motshekga said the department had also focused on tracking learner performance throughout the year.
“We are now looking at how learners have performed in the mid-year examinations and providing specific support for struggling learners.”
Matriculants have only 37 days left before the exam gets underway.