In less than two months more than 820‚000 candidates will start the highly anticipated National Senior Certificate examinations.
And the Department of Basic Education has assured that it will work hard to ensure that the 2016 examinations are of ”appropriate standard‚ error free and with no irregularities”.
In a statement‚ issued after briefing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Basic Education‚ the department indicated that 688‚141 full time candidates and 150‚183 part-time candidates will write the examinations which start on October 26. This is 9‚000 more than last year.
“To avert the leakage of 2016 question papers‚ all storage points across the country will be audited to ensure they comply with the minimum security standards. Storage points that do not comply will not be allowed to store question papers‚” the statement read.
KwaZulu-Natal reported the highest number of candidates with 169‚769‚ followed by Gauteng with 112‚069.
It also reported that there has been an increase in the uptake of mathematics and a drop in those choosing maths literacy.
Last year the Western Cape achieved a pass rate of 84.7% – the highest in the country.
– TMG Digital/Cape Newsroom