Exams run smoothly despite threats

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Approximately 29 000 learners in the Free State alone sat for matric exams this morning. According to the provincial Department of Education spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, over 11 000 learners wrote Mathematics Paper 2, while a large number of 18 000 wrote the Mathematical Literacy Paper.

Ndaba says despite any threats of disruptions to matric exams, the department is confident that these exams will run smoothly. This comes after the Matjhabeng Local Municipality were expected to cut off the water and electricity supply of the local Home Affairs offices and schools that were defaulting in paying for their services as part of ‘operation patala’ (pay up) in the past week.

“We are happy that exams are still proceeding well. We are confident that our learners will do us proud, and will like to encourage them to focus on exams solely” said Ndaba.

He says the provincial department of education is aimed at ensuring that the class of 2016 complete their exams without any disruptions. Ndaba says thus far exams are proceeding well and they are hoping to achieve a 75% pass rate for mathematics.

He adds that the department is aiming to obtain high results and to increase the number of learners who pass mathematics with distinctions. Ndaba mentions that mathematics has generally been a challenging subject for most learners and the department has recently partnered with the University of the Free State and community radio stations to ensure that the class of 2016 passes mathematics.

Katleho Morapela/ Courant News

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