2018 Ma­tric ex­ams draw close

as Ma­tric­u­lants are en­cour­aged to study earnestly in the re­main­ing time

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

With just 34 days to go un­til the 2018 Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate (NSC) ex­am­i­na­tions, the Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment (DBE) says it is ex­pect­ing at least 787 281 learn­ers to sit for this year’s ex­ams.

Learn­ers will from 15 Oc­to­ber 2018 en­ter one of the 8 000 ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres around the coun­try to write their ex­ams.

“The Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate ex­am­i­na­tions are now just 34 days away. This is es­sen­tially one month, give or take a few days, be­fore the ex­am­i­na­tions are un­der­way.

“We would like to en­cour­age all learn­ers who are go­ing to be writ­ing these ex­am­i­na­tions to en­sure that they study with earnest in this re­main­ing time,” said Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga.

The depart­ment also an­nounced that from 2019, sup­ple­men­tary ex­ams will no longer take place in March - but rather in June.

“One of the ma­jor rea­sons for this change is through mon­i­tor­ing the sys­tem, we have noted that on av­er­age around 40 000 learn­ers who en­rol for sup­ple­men­tary ex­am­i­na­tions every year do not turn up to write the ex­am­i­na­tions. This re­sults in mas­sive waste­ful ex­pen­di­ture,” said Mot­shekga.

By hav­ing these ex­am­i­na­tions in June, the depart­ment said it will give ad­e­quate time for re­vi­sion, and learn­ers can make use of the com­pre­hen­sive sup­port ma­te­rial pro­vided through the Sec­ond Chance Ma­tric Sup­port Pro­gramme. The Min­is­ter was speak­ing at a me­dia brief­ing, held to up­date the pub­lic on the out­comes of the Coun­cil of Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ters (CEM) meet­ing, which con­vened on Thurs­day.In terms of sys­tem readi­ness, Mot­shekga said her depart­ment was closely track­ing each of the nine prov­inces in terms of learner per­for­mance data and cur­ricu­lum cover­age, as well as other ar­eas of in­ter­est, ex­tremely closely.

“This is to en­sure that we can pick up chal­lenges in ar­eas such as cur­ricu- lum cover­age in time, to in­ter­vene.

“As a sec­tor, we are be­com­ing much more em­pir­i­cal about the way we mon­i­tor the sys­tem. DBE and prov­inces con­tinue to har­ness ef­forts to ap­pro­pri­ately sup­port the class of 2018. Every learner must be af­forded the best pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity to achieve a Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate,” said the Min­is­ter. Mot­shekga said last push ini­tia­tives are be­ing im­ple­mented across the coun­try based on learner per­for­mance in the midyear ex­am­i­na­tions.

“As a sec­tor we are cau­tiously op­ti­mistic that all of these ef­forts will trans­late into im­proved out­comes in the 2018 ex­am­i­na­tions,” she said.

“This sec­ond ex­am­i­na­tion is very im­por­tant as those who do par­tic­i­pate of­ten end up do­ing well,” said the Min­is­ter.

As part of its prepa­ra­tions, Mot­shekga said her depart­ment will work closely with the Depart­ment of Home Af­fairs to en­sure that all learn­ers are cor­rectly doc­u­mented.

“We need to all en­sure that learn­ers have Iden­tity Doc­u­ments (IDs) for a num­ber of rea­sons. Among them, learn­ers who write ex­am­i­na­tions with­out Iden­tity Doc­u­ments of­ten have prob­lems af­ter, and Umalusi will not cer­tifi­cate learn­ers who do not have IDs,” said the Min­is­ter.

Ba­sic Ed. Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga

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