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Matrics encouraged to focus on studies

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“As a sector, we are cautiously optimistic that all of these efforts will translate into improved outcomes in the 2019 examinations”

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BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga has encouraged all pupils who will be writing the 2019 matric examinations to ensure that they use the remainder of their time to study.

The National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations are just 36 days away. The first exam will be written on October 23.

Speaking at the first meeting of the Council of Education Ministers in the 6th Administration in Pretoria recently, Motshekga said they expect 624 733 full-time candidates and 176 110 part-time candidates to sit for this year’s matric examinations at 8 000 examination centres.

“In terms of system readiness, we have been closely tracking each of the nine provinces in terms of pupil performance data and curriculum coverage, as well as other areas of interest. As a sector, we are becoming much more empirical about the way we monitor the system. The DBE and provincial Education Departments (PEDs) continue to harness efforts to appropriately support the Class of 2019. Every pupil must be afforded the best possible opportunity to achieve a National Senior Certificate,” Motshekga said.

Last-push initiatives are being implemented across the country based on pupil performance in the preliminary examinations.

“As a sector, we are cautiously optimistic that all of these efforts will translate into improved outcomes in the 2019 examinations,” Motshekga said.

She called on all stakeholders in the education sector to ensure that pupils have identity documents (IDs) for a number of reasons. “Pupils who write examinations without IDs often experience problems after the examinations, as Umalusi will not certify pupils who do not have IDs. Pupils cannot access social services without IDs.

“Home Affairs will be working closely with the education departments in the various provinces to drive advocacy and to encourage pupils to get documented, as it has major implications on various aspects of education,” Motshekga said.