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Department hints at positive 2011 matric results


AS THE nail biting starts for matriculan­ts awaiting their results, the national Department of Basic Education is predicting that its investment in the stabilisat­ion of education will show in the 2011 results.

Department spokesman Panyaza Lesufi said last year had been a smooth and peaceful year regarding teaching and a good relationsh­ip had been establishe­d by the department between teachers and pupils.

“We made a big investment in this and decided we all had a common vision – to ensure that learners get what is due to them – a good education.

“We invested heavily in this and there was a high level of commitment from both parties – government and teachers – and we hope to reap the benefits which will be reflected in the results,” he said.

The Gauteng Department of Education said it could not comment on the results, which are embargoed until Thursday.

“However, the matric exams went well, as did the marking, and we hope the issuing of the results will go smoothly,” he said.

The Independen­t Examinatio­ns Board (IEB) results for the exams written by the private schools will be released tomorrow.

The board is expecting more or less the same achievemen­ts as last year.

IEB chief executive Anne Oberholzer said she was expecting results to be good.

“We work with a good set of schools where both learners and teachers are very committed and this regularly reflects in good results.

“There is great commitment by all roleplayer­s,” she said.

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