Tumelo Waga Dibakwane
BASIC Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, this week encouraged learners, who will be writing the 2019 matric examinations, to ensure that they use the remainder of their time to study.
The National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations are about a month away, with the first exam to be written on 23 October.
Motshekga said they expected 624 733 full-time candidates and 176 110 part-time candidates to sit for this year’s matric examinations at 8 000 examination centres.
“In terms of system readiness, we have been closely tracking each of the nine provinces in terms of learner performance data and curriculum coverage, as well as other areas of interest,” said Motshekga.
“As a sector, we are becoming much more empirical about the way we monitor the system. The DBE and Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) continue to harness efforts to appropriately support the Class of 2019. Every learner must be afforded the best possible opportunity to achieve a National Senior Certificate,” she said.
Last push initiatives are being implemented across the country, based on learner performance in the preliminary examinations.
“As a sector, we are cautiously optimistic that all of these efforts will translate into improved outcomes in the 2019 examinations,” Motshekga added.
She called on all stakeholders in the education sector to ensure that learners have identity documents (ID’s) available, for many reasons.
“Learners who write examinations without ID’s often experience problems after the examinations, as Umalusi will not certify learners who do not have IDs. Learners cannot access social services without that.
“Home Affairs will be working closely with the education departments in the various provinces to drive advocacy and to encourage learners to get documented, as it has major implications on various aspects of education,” Motshekga said.
Meanwhile, prospective students hoping to study through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) have been urged to take advantage of the NSFAS 2020 application roadshows to apply for funding.
NSFAS provides funding to applicants from poor and working-class families. All applicants who meet the NSFAS requirements need to apply for funding before the closing date.
NSFAS beneficiaries also need to complete and submit the application as soon as possible to ensure timeous consideration of their applications. Applications opened on 1 September and close on 30 November at midnight.