Newspaper clipping – The Mercury – 5 August 2008

More pupils to write matric exams ANGELIQUE SERRAO

JOHANNESBURG: Matric exams will be of a higher standard this year than in previous years.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor repeated this message at a press conference yesterday that looked at the state of matric readiness this year. Pandor said that while administratively everything was ready, pupils needed to understand that they had to work hard if they wanted to pass.
“I don’t try to make any prediction,” Pandor said of the exam pass rate, “and I’m glad I don’t because the past three years have been disappointing.”

This year the highest number of pupils registered for the matric exams, with 600 000 due to sit for the exams, which begin at the end of October. More children are writing maths after it was made compulsory for every child to do either maths or maths literacy in their final year.

The department showed off its new-look Study Mate, a book that will be delivered to every grade 12 pupil this week and again in September.

Pandor also announced that the second-chance matric results had been released. More than 400 000 pupils enrolled to rewrite their matric this year. Of those, 35% passed.