Monday, April 21, 2008

Time is running out for students rewriting matric exams

By Ilhaam Hoosain
21 April 2008

Time is running out for 170 000 matriculants who failed, but are receiving a second chance to write their final exams.They have been through rigorous preparations, run by specialist teachers. They will find out if it was all worth it in a month’s time. Monday is the last day of extra tuition before the matric exams.

The SABC reports that getting to class every week was a challenge for some. So they are hoping it will pay off. Hiccups across the country initially delayed the start of classes.

The number of pupils who failed, and chose not to re-write the exam are of concern. In its current format, the exam can still be re-written until 2011. It’s been reported that curriculum changes prevent them from going back to school.

Thousands of matriculants who failed their exams last year are not ready to write next month. The exams are scheduled to start on 5 May 2008 , says the National Teachers Union (Natu) in KwaZulu-Natal.Natu spokesperson Musa Gumede says the Department of Education's recovery plan has failed to equip pupils for the exams.

Education MEC Ina Cronje says more than 100 000 people are expected to write the supplementary examination in KwaZulu-Natal, out of the 170 000 that have registered nationally.


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