All systems ready for final matrix exams with highest number of full-time candidates to date: Motshekga – SABC News


Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the whole system is in place for final grade 12 exams, starting October 27. This year, 735,677 full-time candidates registered for matrix exams, making it the largest cohort since the start of the National Senior Certificate.

It is also 128,000 more applicants than last year.

Motshekga says that despite the challenges learners faced last year and this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she expects better results compared to previous years.

“We expect even better results from this group. Historically we have done evaluations and the report I received yesterday was that we hope to even do better and not because of COVID or the pressure but I am told that it is the quality that is now going through the system , who is resilient and able to take the pressure.

Basic education says it is making progress in eradicating pit toilets in schools.

Motshekga said the initial report that more than 3,000 schools still rely on pit latrines was found to be incorrect after a verification process. She said that in some schools there were toilets but the water supply to the schools had been cut.

Motshekga says the verification process now shows 2,825 schools still use pit toilets.

“Of the 2,825, 1,185 schools have already received new sanitation. We also have a thousand in the system that are in different stages of implementation. We even had a meeting this morning with the deputy minister. We have less than a thousand left.

Minister Angie Motshekga briefs the media on developments in the basic education sector:

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