Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the overall matric results in Pretoria tomorrow evening where she will also name the country's top 10 students.
Education officials are optimistic that the 2011 national matric pass rate will show significant improvement. Predictions are the 2011 pass rate will improve from last year's 67.8% to 70% or over.
Education department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi says: “Never before have we had our matrics believe that they are behind schedule; that they don’t have the material. Everything related to the matrics was appropriately placed and everyone was excited about the preparations.”
In 2010 Gauteng had the country's highest matric pass rate followed by the Western Cape
Various intervention plans were in place to ensure a good pass rate. Study materials were delivered early, extra lessons and revision classes were also in place. Poor performing provinces such as Mpumalanga were monitored and assisted throughout out they year.
A total of 620 266 pupils wrote the National Senior Certificate examinations in 2011, 37.1 % wrote maths and 29.7% wrote physical science. Historically learners perform poorly in maths and science subjects.
In 2010, Gauteng had the country's highest matric pass rate followed by the Western Cape. Mpumalanga had the lowest pass rate for the second year in row. Teachers union Sadtu is also confident the 2011 results will be better.
Sadtu`s Mugwena Maluleke says: “In terms of the quality we will see an increase in the number of learners who will pass. As Sadtu our focus is on quality in terms of how many learners will then be able to access higher education institutions in order to improve the skills profile of the country.”
Pupils are advised to get their results directly from their schools from Thursday morning.
The SABC will broadcast the official announcement tomorrow evening from 18:00 on SABC 1. Matric results will also be available on SABC's news-on-phone service NewsBreak 082 152. From Thursday morning students can call 082 152, select option 6, and punch in their ID and exam numbers to get their results.