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Exams for unsuccessful matrics start next week

by Gabi Khumalo
on 29 Apr 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

Rewriting of examinations for thousands of unsuccessful 2007 matric learners gets underway next Monday.

The learners who did not make it in the final examinations were given an opportunity by the Education Department to complete their matric through the Intensive Tuition and Support programme.

Through a second chance programme set up by the department and run at the Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, the repeaters were given an opportunity to complete their matric in May 2008, 2009, 2010 and May 2011.

During the programme which started late in January, learners who participated were provided with study guides, past examination papers, tuition by experts and study skills.

According to the Gauteng Department of Education 9 479 out of 21 572 unsuccessful learners from 13 districts grabbed the opportunity and registered at the beginning of this year.

The department said a number of resources have been made available for learners to be able to obtain their senior certificate in 2008.

At the beginning of the year it set aside R42 million for the rewrite, including for the contracting of service providers with a track record in achieving good results.

"Subjects catered for included English Second Language, Afrikaans Second Language, Mathematics, Physical Science, Biology, Geography, History, Business Economics, Economics and Accounting," said the provincial department.

The department called on learners to ensure they had the correct date, time and venue for the examinations from their respective tuition papers, tuition by experts and study skills.

The number of learners who passed Grade 12 rose from 272 488 in 1998 to 368 217 in 2007 with a pass rate of 65.2 percent.

The Western Cape and Gauteng continued to be the top two provinces with pass rates of 80 percent and 74.6 percent, while Eastern Cape and Limpopo continue to be the two bottom provinces. - BuaNews

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