Plans to scrap matric supplementary exams

The Department of Basic Education is scrapping supplementary exams for matrics, in favour of a new system that will delay rewrites to the middle of the year.

The department says it believes this would give more people an opportunity to complete their matric.

It says the high cost of supplementary exams is the key factor in making this decision, as half of the people who register to write supplementary exams never show up to do so. The department has to provide sufficient invigilators, tables, and chairs as well as the writing material, which is a huge waste of millions every year.

Sadtu spokesperson, Nomusa Cembi does not support this plan and says when the department came with this idea they did not have the learners best interest at heart.

She says if the learner has to write in June, then the whole year will be wasted.

Read: How best to prepare for job hunting after matric

We are saying that the department should give learners multiple chances to write their exams and not just once a year.

Nomusa Cembi, Sadtu spokesperson

Listen to the argument below:

CEO of Governing Body Foundation, Tim Gordon says the foundation is in support of the decision thinks it will open up more opportunities/

He says the results of the exams written in January/February are released in May/June and no university is admitting new students at that time which means the learner will have a full year at home, thus he doesnt think the new system will be a problem.

Supplementary exams were designed to help people get a matric certificate not to get people in universities so this is going to make this a far more sensible and sustainable system.

Tim Gordon, CEO of the National Governing Body foundation

The difficulty with those supplementary exams was that a lot of people who registered did not gshow up and a vast majority of those who wrote did not pass.

Tim Gordon, CEO of the National Governing Body foundation

To hear the rest of the conversations, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Plans to scrap matric supplementary exams


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Search is on for WC boutique store owner who left customers high and dry

Search is on for WC boutique store owner who left customers high and dry

Staff 'Occasions' at Canal Walk say they believe Bernadette Lifshitz is now in Israel.

[LISTEN] YES plans to assist the six million unemployed youth

[LISTEN] YES plans to assist the six million unemployed youth

CEO at Youth Employment Service explains the aim of the programme and who they are partnering with.

'David Mabuza comes to the deputy presidency with a cupboard full of skeletons'

'David Mabuza comes to the deputy presidency with a cupboard full of skeletons'

From political hits, to tender fraud allegations and Gupta ties. SA's deputy president David Mabuza is no stranger to controversy.

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation offers mentorship to business minded matriculants

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation offers mentorship to business minded matriculants

Selection manager at Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Lungile Koti speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about the selection criteria.

Stellies SciMathUS programme helps disadvantaged students get varsity admission

Stellies SciMathUS programme helps disadvantaged students get varsity admission

SciMathUS offers students from educationally disadvantaged circumstances a second chance to qualify for higher education.

[LISTEN] What to do if you did not fare well in your final matric exams

[LISTEN] What to do if you did not fare well in your final matric exams

CEO of Skills Academy Jan Badenhorst spoke to Relebogile Mabotja to give some guidance on what next.

'The pass rate alone is not a good indicator of the quality of education in SA'

'The pass rate alone is not a good indicator of the quality of education in SA'

Equal Education's Jansen-Thomas says it's dishonest to assume that the pass rate alone is sufficient to assess SA's education.

Be warned: Faking matric qualifications is a criminal offence

Be warned: Faking matric qualifications is a criminal offence

Background screening company urges matriculants against faking certificates to give themselves an edge in the tight job market.

Psychological support is crucial starting at a primary school level - expert

Psychological support is crucial starting at a primary school level - expert

Educational psychotherapist Cara Blackie says while parents should seek help, more support is needed within the schooling system.

Popular articles
Idols judge Unathi Nkayi gets intimate - opens up about money, beliefs about it

Idols judge Unathi Nkayi gets intimate - opens up about money, beliefs about it

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Nkayi about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

VBS gave Zuma R8.5m before any security was provided for loan - News 24 journo

VBS gave Zuma R8.5m before any security was provided for loan - News 24 journo

News 24 investigative journalist Kyle Cowan reports that Zuma was granted the loan despite the fact that he could not afford it.

'The VhaVenda King is very pained by what happened to VBS and people's money'

'The VhaVenda King is very pained by what happened to VBS and people's money'

The VhaVenda King's spokesperson Mathivha Makonde says the King is calling on authorities to help him correct the wrong.

Journos provide fresh insights into the latest on state capture inquiry

Journos provide fresh insights into the latest on state capture inquiry

Journalists Karyn Maughan and Erin Bates provide insights into the state capture inquiry.

C-section births have nearly double since 2000 - study

C-section births have nearly double since 2000 - study

Professor Justus Hofmeyr says there are a number of reasons why the number of c-sections has doubled.

R10 million siphoned from VBS to Floyd Shivambu's personal account

R10 million siphoned from VBS to Floyd Shivambu's personal account

Top ANC officials, along with senior EFF members are among those being fingered in the scandal relating to more than R1 billion being siphoned out of VBS Mutual Bank.

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

Check out the videos, tweets, Facebook posts that have gone viral and why this kid cheered her dad on in the toilet.