The Northern Cape MEC for Education, Martha Bartlett, says they are setting the bar high for this year’s matriculants. Bartlett says although the province has not acquired top positions in the country, they are aiming for a 100% pass rate for the class of 2016.
Speaking about the state of the province’s readiness in hosting matric exams, Barltett says 13 658 matriculates will sit for final examinations next week. She says all measures have been taken to prevent any irregularities.
Examination moderators have been trained to minimise irregularities and to ensure that correct procedures are followed. She adds that a high number of matriculants have also committed to abide by the rules following this morning’s pledge signing.
Among targets set, Bartlett outlined improving the number of learners who qualify for Bachelor’s enrolment at university level.
“If we do not acquire 100%, then we will like to have a pass rate of at least 80%. Our national target is 70%. In 2015 we had 72%. So we believe with all the intervention measures we have taken this year, we will achieve more” she said.
In the past few years the Northern Cape’s matric pass rate has decreased, which Bartlett says is not satisfactory. She says the department has taken alternative measures this year to ensure that the number of students who pass, increases.
Bartlett says 11 993 full-time matriculants and 1 665 part-time learners are expected to write this year’s NSC exams. The department has organised extra classes and teachers throughout the course of the year to ensure that learners could cover the curriculum.
Bartlett appeals to teachers to avail themselves to learners who still need a helping hand. “I wish all matriculants good luck, not because we want a high pass rate, but because education is the key to success.”
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