Umalusi has approved the 2018 national senior certificate (NSC) exam results, saying there were no leaked exam papers this year.
The quality assurance council was briefing the media on the approval of the 2018 matric results in Pretoria on Friday.
According to a News 24 article, Umalusi says 796 542 students wrote the NSC examinations in 2018.The body’s chief executive, Dr Mafu Ramoketsi, said it had a duty to ensure the “high quality of education is maintained”.
Ramoketsi was also pleased to announce that there was a marked improvement in the overall quality of question papers across the assessment bodies.
Umalusi chairperson John Volmink announced that the 2018 national examinations went smoothly without any systemic irregularities.
“Systemic irregularities are exam irregularities/malpractices that compromise the integrity of examinations on a large scale,” Volmink said.
Volmink said the 2018 matric results were a continuation of the upward trend seen in gateway subjects, like Maths and Science. He added that while there were no systemic irregularities such as leaked examinations, a few irregularities were picked up and subsequently reconciled – you can read more about these in the News 24 article.
The Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will announce an overview of the results on the evening of 3 January and students will be able to access their results online from the next day. Students in the Western Cape have to wait until 11h00 on Friday 4 January to collect their results from schools and will only see the results printed in newspapers on Saturday.
What happens to students who fail?
Students who fail to score pass marks will not be faced with supplementary exams next February but will instead have to wait until May when a second national exam will take place.
Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga explained:
“We want to create a better opportunity for more people. We found that of those that qualified, fewer registered, and even smaller numbers actually came through to sit for the exams, simply because people didn’t have enough time to prepare for the exams.
“You’d receive your results in January and you’d write in February. Which means the circumstances that led you to fail are still the same. So we are saying now we need people to have more time to prepare for exams but also to open up the number of exams that you can write.”