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Advice for this year's matrics

Congratulations class of 2005!

The 2005 national matric examination was tough, but more learners managed to pass with high results.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor said the 2005 matric results showed that there were more learners who wrote and passed the exams compared to 2004.  It is encouraging that 16 500 more learners passed than in 2004. But there were also more than last year who didn’t pass and governement is going to work to change that.  Umalusi, an organisation that makes sure that the exams are free and fair, said given the high standard of the 2005 examination, the 68, 3 % pass rate was a  good result, even though a  2.4% lower than the 70.7% achieved in 2004.  Education Minister Naledi Pandor also supported Umalusi’s statement and added that some of the national papers were tough.  Umalusi report said more learners passed with better results.  The process of writing the examinations and the marking were also checked more properly with extra care than in the past years.  Pandor said the entire process was managed more professionally and showed an improvement with teachers and learners.

“It’s clear from these examinations and our past experience that success does not come in one year, but takes several years and hard work to achieve good results.”  The Minister said the matric class of 2005 was very important as they were the ones who started learning under the new democratic education system.  “This year’s (2005) matriculants started school in 1994. They are the first to learn from the beginning until the end under a democratic system. They learned the principles of equality, non-racialism and non-sexism at school. They are our measure of how our education system is growing.”