Media Release
Minister of Education Donald Grant
Western Cape

10 February, 2011

Supplementary Examinations begin

Statement by Minister Donald Grant, Minister of Education, Western Cape

We are pleased that a total of 8 762 candidates registered for the National Senior Certificate supplementary examinations in February and March.

8 098 of these wrote last year, with the remaining 664 candidates repeating from previous years.

I am encouraged that so many learners that qualified from the Class of 2010 decided to re-write their exams. 8 433 candidates qualified, of which, 96% registered to write.

I wish each and every one of our candidates the best of luck.

Candidates will be writing at 167 examination centres through-out the province.

The first practical examination, Computer Application Technology, began today. 249 candidates registered for this examination which will be held in 30 exam centres.

On Monday, the first theory papers will be written and comprise of mostly language papers such as Hindi, Portuguese, German and Italian.

The final examination will be held on the 24th of March. Learners can expect to receive their results in May this year.

This year the Department is assisting candidates to prepare for these examinations by offering an extensive revision programme during February and March.

The revision programme began on the 1st of February and will end on the 13th of March 2011. The programmes are being held at 118 school centres across the province. Lessons are being conducted by experienced Grade 12 teachers through live broadcasts to the selected centres in the eight education districts of the Western Cape.

In terms of the remarking process, 3 733 candidates applied for remarks in 43 subjects. 16 700 scripts are currently being remarked and candidates can expect to receive these results by the end of February.

The subjects with the most demand, include, Mathematics, Life Sciences and History.

These results will be interesting as only 792 candidates missed passing their examinations by only 1%.

We believe that once the remarking process has been completed, as well as the supplementary examinations, there is every chance we would have met or exceeded our 2 000 additional passes target for 2010.

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