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Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga / Image via GCIS

Motshekga ‘not worried’ about 2020 matric pass rate

A total of 1,058,699 candidates are expected to sit for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations from November 5 to December 15

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Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga / Image via GCIS

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has expressed relief over the class of 2020 being able to sit down for the National Senior Examinations (NSC).

Motshekga joined by Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the Sekano-Ntoane High School in Soweto on Thursday, 5 November 2020, to monitor the start of the matric examinations.

The minister said the fact that matriculants are continuing to write exams this year already is commendable.

“For us to be here under these conditions, that’s all I can ask for. For us to be able to write, as I’ve said we’ve lost two most productive terms, and still be able to present exams and have young people who say they’re ready…,” she said.

Motshekga added that she was confident that the examination process would unfold smoothly.

“If we get what we got last year, for me it would be an honour or much more than I expected so just to arrive here for me, is the biggest thing. So I’m not worried about the percentage now, we’re even committed because we have a June exam,”

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

Angie Motshekga: ‘The system is ready’

In an interview with eNCA, Motshekga said she felt emotional considering what teachers and learners had to go through to salvage the academic year.

“From all the reports we’ve been getting…we have no doubt that the system is ready. If anything arises it would have been beyond our control,” the minister said.

“But anything that we could manage we’ve put in place to make sure that we have successful exams.”

The first papers being written are English First Additional Language and Home Language (P1) – and English Second Additional Language (FAL) P1.

The department’s spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the standards would still be the same as in previous terms.

“It should be noted that despite the abnormal context, the Class of 2020 will be subjected to the same high quality of examination that previous cohorts were subjected to, as the department has not made any changes to the exam papers, which were already set in 2019.

“The state of readiness to write the 2020 examinations is predicated on a number of factors beyond the normal indicators of system readiness. The sector has had to double its efforts to ensure that the Class of 2020, despite the disruptions of the academic year, are fully prepared for this examination,” he said.