Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, has wished matric learners good luck as their final exams start today. Over 500 000 full-time learners and 180 000 part-time learners will start the exam by writing the English paper. The matric results will be released on January 3 next year. Motshekga says it's all systems go.
“We can confidently declare that the exam system of the DBE (Department of Basic Education) comprising of all nine provincial departments are ready to deliver on a credible and fair exam and we want to wish our learners of the class of 2012 good luck and the best of exams” says Motshekga.
Meanwhile, the Western Cape Education Department says it expects that four out of every five of the province's matrics will pass their final exams this year. Over 45 000 of the province's grade 12 learners have registered to write the senior certificate exams which begin today.
Last year, the Western Cape was the top performing province with a pass-rate of 82.9%. Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant says they expect this year's class to maintain the high standards. “ The target we set for ourselves would translate into a pass rate of approximately 84%, which is in line with last year. But, really what we are wanting to do is to improve the retention rate in the Western Cape and we're slowly doing that. Our figures last year indicate that we're up to 57%,” he added.