All systems go for 2015 Matric Exams says Minister - despite simmering discontent in PE's Northern Areas

SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

With only 37 days remaining until the start of the 2015 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams, the Department of Basic Education on Friday assured South Africa that it was all systems go. This is despite parents in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas, early this month, threatening to prevent their children from writing the exams until their demands are met.

That was just two days after Eastern Cape Education MEC, Mandla Makupula, also announced that the province was ready for the 2015 matric examinations.

“All processes are on track to ensure the smooth administration of the NSC. Examination papers have been set and have been sent to provinces. Provinces have appointed markers and all processes are going ahead as planned,” Minister Angie Motshekga said.

This year, 801 688 matriculants are registered for the examinations.

Of these, 674 232 of those are full time candidates and 127 456 are part time candidates.

“We are happy to also see an increase in the number of people who registered to write their exams this year. The increase in the number of part time candidates is also very encouraging.”

Minister Motshekga said her department has printed over 10 million question papers that are ready to be distributed to almost 7000 examination centres.

“We will have 65 000 invigilators and 35 000 markers in 118 marking centres around the country.”

The provinces have also indicated plans are well underway and going well in order to effectively administer the examinations.

The National Senior Certificate exam will start on 26 October and finish on 27 November.   

 Results will be available at schools on January 6, 2016.

---additional reporting