Committee supports cheating probe

Investigations into cheating at some matric examination centres around the country will help maintain the integrity of the results, Parliament’s education committee said on Tuesday. “The committee supports processes initiated to investigate allegations of copying and cheating in certain examination centres,” committee chairwoman Nomalungelo Gina said in a statement. “Such[…]

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CAPS curriculum more strenuous: Matriculants

The final exam results of the matric class of 2014 has received mixed responses from the public, following a drop in the overall percentage in the Western Cape from 85.1% in 2013, to 82.2% in 2014. However, some matric students attribute this decline to the challenging Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement[…]

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Matric pass rate drops in five provinces

The national pass rate for the 2014 matric exams dropped to 75.8 percent, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Monday. The past rate in 2013 was 78.2 percent, Motshekga announced in Johannesburg, admitting her disappointment. A total of 550,127 full-time and 138,533 part-time pupils wrote the basic education department’s[…]

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No repercussions for schools who publish names: DBE

Nerves are at an all time high for the current crop of Matric students ahead of the scheduled release of their National Senior Certificate (NSC) results, during the early part of next week. The release will be somewhat different this year, with the Department of Basic Education resolving not to[…]

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WCape principal defiant over publishing of matric names

A Southern suburbs principal has criticized the Department of Basic Education’s decision not to publish the names of matric students in the country’s major newspapers, suggesting the move paved the way for students to accept mediocrity. The department last month resolved that it would only publish the exam and I.D[…]

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DA calls for info on Matric cheating

The DA on Wednesday called on Umalusi to provide more information about the matric exam copying in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. “Why did it take Umalusi auditors to ‘discover’ this fiasco?” Democratic Alliance MP Annette Lovemore asked in a statement. “Umalusi was previously very vocal about the need for[…]

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IEB achieves 98.38% pass rate

Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matriculation candidates have achieved a 98.38 percent pass rate for 2014, according to results released on Wednesday. This was comparable to last year’s 98.56 percent, the IEB said in a statement. “All candidates that passed achieved a pass that is good enough to enter tertiary study[…]

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Matric exams ‘fair and credible’

Apart from incidents of copying in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, the 2014 matric exams were “fair and credible”, monitoring body Umalusi said on Tuesday. “We are satisfied that the examinations were fair and valid and credible. We commend the DBE (basic education department) for running a successful and credible examination[…]

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Matric marking completed

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is satisfied with the outcome of the marking process as well as the efforts of the professionals who assisted with the marking of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination scripts this weekend. “We are satisfied with the process of this very concentrated and critical[…]

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