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Over 25 000 candidates sit for supplementary exams

by Gabi Khumalo
on 07 May 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

Supplementary examinations in the Western Cape got underway on Monday with the province recording an increase in the number of candidates sitting for the exams.

More than 25 000 candidates have enrolled for the 2008 supplementary examinations, a dramatic increase from the 4 200 candidates who took the exam in 2007.

"The fact that 90 percent of the total candidates this year were either private or part-time, I believe is an indication that more and more young people are starting to realise the value of education," Western Cape Education MEC Cameron Dugmore said.

The candidates include 2 412 full-time and 8 558 part-time learners, 14 512 are private candidates.

The examinations centre at Rocklands Secondary School in Mitchell's Plain has the highest number of candidates registered for the supplementary with a total of 937 candidates.

Mr Dugmore warned that the department would monitor the supplementary examinations vigorously to ensure its integrity.

"I must warn candidates that the consequences of irregularities could be severe because candidates found cheating could be barred from writing again for two years.

"Given that candidates have until 2011 to complete their matric based on the old curriculum, they may find it difficult to do so if they are barred from writing for two years before this deadline," said Mr Dugmore.

He added that special Saturday classes introduced by the department to help prepare candidates for the mid-year examinations will continue until 17 May 2008.

The national Department of Education allocated more than R6m to fund Saturday schools in the Western Cape.

The special classes took place at 30 venues across the province and attended by about 6 000 learners.

The learners who did not make it in the final examinations were given an opportunity by the 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 to May 2011.

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

National Education Deputy Director General, Penny Vinjevold told BuaNews on Tuesday that 170 000 learners had enrolled in the tuition programme.

About 403 000 candidates including part-time registered for the supplementary examination, said Ms Vinjevold.

Echoing the similar sentiments of Mr Dugmore's, Ms Vinjevold encouraged candidates to be honest and work hard. - BuaNews

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