The Eastern Cape Department of Education is hard at work ensuring that pupils are ready for the National Senior Certificate examination.
This comes after the province recorded a dismal 56.8% pass rate last year – its lowest in six years.
This represented an 8.6 percentage point drop from the previous year and left the province at the bottom of the class yet again.
The department’s acting superintendent-general, Siza Netshilaphala, said it was conducting visits to schools as part of its “Final Push Programme” to assist the province’s worst-performing schools prepare for the exams.
She said the department had ensured there were 123 centres across the province to support matrics in various aspects of work by providing Saturday classes.
“We have also spent a substantial amount of money to provide study guides, and we have printed exam preparatory guides for these pupils,”Netshilaphala said.
She said the department had also been communicating with schools to identify further challenges.
“We are not just checking on the preparedness for the exams, but also the preparedness for next year, which includes filling educator posts and the placement of orders for LTSM [learning and teaching support materials],” Netshilaphala said.
While she was confident the department would be able to turnaround the decline in the provincial pass rate, it was too early to say whether this would be achieved during the upcoming exams.
The exams star t on October 26 and end on November 29.
There are677 141 registered full-time and150 183 part-time candidates.
KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have the largest enrolments, with 169 769and 112 069 respectively. Limpopo has 102 618, while the Eastern Cape has 98 740 candidates.