The Department of Basic Education (DBE) briefed the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on 12 September 2017 on its readiness and preparatory plans for the 2017 matric exams. The exams kick off on 16 October and the briefing covered everything from enrolments, question paper development, exam irregularities, school-based assessment and the management of progressed learners.
Progressed pupils are those who fail grade 11 for two consecutive years and are then automatically promoted to matric. Earlier this year the Basic Education Minister said ‘DBE’s policy to promote more than 100 000 failed learners has borne fruit and the “significance of this achievement is that these learners would be high school dropouts if they had not been supported”. The briefing also covered a provincial overview of activities planned in preparation of the exams, as well as performance of specific subjects that has proved to be problem areas such as mathematics for the first 2 quarters of the year.
See meeting report here and infographic below:
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