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Jan 4 2012 7:03AM
 
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Lesego Masemola


The agony of waiting for matric results is almost over.

This evening, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the 2011 matric results during a live broadcast in Pretoria, which will include the national pass rate and the country’s top candidates. All eyes will be on the minister to hear whether the pass rate has dropped or increased from 2010’s 67.8%.

The annual event will be broadcast at 6pm this year, as opposed to 6am which was the time in previous years.

“We decided on this time so that parents can see how their children performed. We realised that parents do not have an opportunity to see the broadcast in the morning as they are at work and we would like to grant everyone an opportunity,” said the Basic Education Department’s head of communication, Panyaza Lesufi.

The results will be published in newspapers tomorrow morning and candidates are encouraged to collect their statements of results at their individual schools where teachers will be waiting to help them from 8am.

Pupils are discouraged from relying only on newspapers for their results and should first verify with their schools if they have passed or failed.

“Teachers will be on hand to help with enquiries regarding why their names might not appear in newspapers or other electronic means of receiving results. They will also be available to provide further advice on writing of supplementary examinations or matric rewrites,” said Gauteng education department spokesperson Charles Phahlane.

The 2011 final examinations were written by a total of 620 266 part-time and full-time candidates.

Examinations started on October 24 and ended on December 1, with marking staring the next day.

On Friday, Umalusi, a body that assures the quality of education, approved the matric results.

However, council chairperson Sizwe Mabizela said they were concerned over the poor performance in maths.

Candidates who are willing to try again can find details on how to apply for a remark or to write a supplementary examination on the back of their results statements.

If pupils need someone to talk to, they can phone Lifeline on 0861 322322 or contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag), whose counsellors are ready to assist. A Sadag spokesperson said parents were also welcome to call them on 0800 567 567 or by SMS on 31393.

lesegom@thenewage.co.za

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