Matric's anxiety over tomorrow

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Pretoria - Most matriculants across the country will know their fate when the 2009 matric examination results are officially released later tonight.

The results published in major newspapers will be available from midnight as well as on the Department of Education's website. Pupils can also visit their respective schools for the last time to receive their results.

A total of 581 573 full time candidates and 38 595 repeat candidates wrote 197 examination papers in centres across the country.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, will formally announce how the matric class of 2009 Grade performed, when she briefs the media at the Union Buildings at 7am. The briefing is expected to be broadcast live on SABC2.

Provincial Education MECs will also announce the provincial results.

Matric pupils in Mpumalanga, who were not directly affected by the leaking of five exam papers last year, may receive their results along with the rest of the country if Umalusi accepts a proposal by Motshekga.

The minister is expected to request Umalusi to reconsider its decision not to release any Mpumalanga matric pupils' results while they were still being verified in a meeting today.

If Umalusi agrees, 80 percent of the Mpumalanga matrics who wrote their exams will receive their results along with those in other provinces.