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May 2021 2nd edition

All systems go for matric exams

Written by Noluthando Motswai
The Department of Basic Education is ready for the 2017 Grade 12 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination.

Grade 12 learners across the country are preparing to write the National Senior Certificate exams.The Department of Basic Education is finalising preparations for more than 600 000 full-time pupils to sit for the 2017 matric exams. This is according to Minister of Education Angie Motshekga who recently gave an update on preparations. The registration of NSC examination centres and candidates has been completed and final verification of the data was underway at the start of October.

Question papers have been set and externally moderated, according to Minister Motshekga.

“There are 636 814 registered full-time and 161 475 part-time candidates in the 2017 examinations, 37 000 less than 2016 in terms of full-time enrolment,” she said.

KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have the largest enrolments with 169 023 and 112 164 matrics pupils respectively.

Limpopo has 110 639, while Eastern Cape registered 92 755 candidates for the 2017 exams.

“To avert leakage of 2017 question papers, all 212 storage points across the country have been audited to ensure compliance with the minimum security standards. Storage points that do not comply will not be allowed to store question papers," said the Minister.

The department has conducted provincial visits to track learner performance throughout the year.

“Some provinces have done better than others in this respect, but the meeting resolved that as we prepare for the last push before the examinations, provinces will focus on ensuring they provide adequate support to learners.”

The examinations will start on 24 October 2017 and finish on 29 November 2017. The results will be announced on 4 January 2018. Candidates will collect their statements of results on 5 January 2018 at the centre where they wrote their examinations.

Second Chance Matric Support Programme

The department is also on a national campaign to help learners who are preparing to write their matric exams for the second time through the Second Chance Matric Support Programme.

The programme is designed to give out-of-school youth who have been unable to meet the requirements of the NSC the opportunity to complete matric or improve their original results.

The programme has been a huge success, with thousands of young South Africans registered to write the examinations in either the March supplementary sitting or the June sitting.

About 159 269 part-time candidates have registered to write in November 2017.

Get in touch with the Second Chance Programme

The Second Chance Programme has a dedicated interactive Facebook page. Candidates can visit  the page and “Like” it for personalised assistance. All they need to do is ask their questions via Messenger and, depending on the nature of the question, the relevant official, be it a subject advisor or administration official, will be on hand to give them the relevant advice.