About 30 000 full-time Grade 12 examinations candidates will confirm their commitment to upholding the principle of honesty and integrity in the upcoming examinations.
With less than a week to go to the start of the 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, the office of the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has confirmed that it is all systems go for this year’s end of the year examinations.
Briefing the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education about their state of readiness earlier on today, the department confirmed that a total of 790 405 candidates will sit for this year’s exams across 7 416 examination centres nationwide. The department further confirmed that all measures have been put in place to ensure that exams set to kick off on October 15 are credible.
The Free State Education has meanwhile also confirmed its state of readiness and announced the province’s intention to reclaim its top position when results are released next year on January 7.
The province held the number one spot in the country for two consecutive years, although it slipped down to position two in 2018, achieving 87.5%, while Gauteng obtained the highest pass rate at 87.9%.
Gauteng was followed by the Free State, then the Western Cape at 81.5%, and North West at 81.1%. These were the only four provinces to get above 80%.
Makgoe told OFM News that they are expecting a 100% pass rate from the majority of schools in the province.
He said they have implemented a number of initiatives throughout the year to ensure that both learners and teachers are ready for year-end examinations. These included holidays study camps, ensuring that poor-performing schools are provided with adequate support from the department and that all schools were well resourced. – KATLEHO MORAPELA/OFM News