2015 Matric exams get underway - over 93 100 writing in Eastern Cape

OCTOBER 26, 2015

According to the Department of Basic Education, its all systems go for the 2015 National Senior Certificate examinations (NSC), which officially commences on Monday and will end on 30 November. Around 93 115 full-time Grade 12 learners from the Eastern Cape are expected to write this year's closely-watched Matric exams.

In 2014, 91 247 candidates - 21 376 as private candidates and 69 745 as full-time learners, sat for the exams at 1 431 public and independent examination centres across the province. 

Despite a slight improvement in the province's 2014 Matric pass rate, it remained the worst performing province at 65.4%, up from 64.9% in 2013. Three schools recorded a zero percent pass.

In September, Eastern Cape Education MEC Mandla Makupula said that the province was ready for the 2015 Matric exams adding that they were hoping to increase the 2015 Matric pass rate to 70%.

"We think that it is reachable to take it to 70%. Less strikes took place and there was less noise about teacher shortages - yes, they were there, but they were not as in the previous years. This means that more time was spent in the classroom.

"I am confident to say as a department, we have done our best to reach that target," he said.

The Eastern Cape's 2014 Matric result was also tainted when it emerged that several centres in the province had been implicated in the group cheating scandal.

Northern Areas threats to disrupt exams

There were no indicattions on Monday morning that parents from Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas would carry out their earlier threat to prevent thir kids from writing the exams.

Just two days after MEC Makupula announced that the province was ready for this year's Matric examinations, the Northern Areas Education Forum, which was at the centre of the violent protests that broke out in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas over teacher shortages and other education related grievances, threatened to boycott the exams.

Read more on this HERE.

Nationally, a total of 801 688 candidates have enrolled for the 2015 NSC examinations which includes 674 232 full-time and 127 456 part-time candidates.

According to the DBE, the number of candidates who registered for Mathematics is 273 348, an increase of 43 460 candidates compared to 2014. The enrolment for Physical Sciences has also increased by 28 293 from 170 857 to 199 150. The overall increase in enrolment figures has resulted in an increase in all subjects. 

Processing and Release of Results

·         Marking will be completed in all the PEDs by 15 December 2015.

·         ?Mark capture will be completed by 18 December 2015.

·         ?Pre-standardisation meetings with PEDs will be held on 21 and 22 December 2015.

·         The Umalusi standardisation meeting to be held on 23 December 2015.

·         Results will be thoroughly checked by the DBE, PEDs and Umalusi from 26 to 29 December 2015.

·         The Umalusi approval meeting is to be held on 30 December 2015.

·         Results will be released on 5 January 2016by the Minister and on 6 January 2016 by MECs and the media.