The final anxious hours for matrics

Comment on this story
Copy of ca p6 matrics done INLSA To cope with the anxiety of waiting for their matric results, from left, Tarquin Vollenhoven, of Rustenberg Girls' High, her cousin Michaela Vollenhoven, of Fairbairn College, and Carlin Landsberg, also of Fairbairn, blow off steam at the Willow Bridge shopping centre in Tyger Valley. Photo: Ian Landsberg

Cape Town - The anxious wait is almost over for the matric class of 2013.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the national and provincial results on Monday.

School and individual results for the 576 490 full-time and 130 646 part-time registered matrics will be available on Tuesday.

Western Cape matrics will be able to view their results at their schools from midday on Tuesday, says Penny Vinjevold, head of education in the province.

“The WCED has applied rigorous standards to marking the exams,” Vinjevold said. “We are confident that the results will be a true and accurate reflection of the abilities of our candidates.”

The provincial education department will hold an awards ceremony for the province’s top schools and pupils on January 14.

The WCED set their target at 40 000 passes for this matric class – a stretch from last year’s 36 992. But Vinjevold firmly placed the measure of success on the actual number of passes rather than the percentage pass rate.

“You can improve a pass rate by encouraging your weakest candidates to drop out of school,” she said. “We actively discourage this practice. We are committed to supporting our weakest learners and to ensuring that as many candidates as possible are given every opportunity to write matric.”

Writing in the Sunday Times on Sunday, Professor Jonathan Jansen, rector and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, said pass rates were not the progress indicators they were cracked up to be. He called the announcement of pass rates an “orgy of self-congratulation”.

He pointed out that pass rates were calculated “at a base of 30 percent in some subjects and 40 percent in others” – a far cry from the 50 percent by which academic work was judged in most other contexts.

Jansen also described a “culling process that left behind about half a million students who started in Grade 1 and did not make it to Grade 12”, and the rising number of pupils doing maths literacy instead of pure maths. The public must bear these factors in mind when celebrating higher pass rates, Jansen warned.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town has called on matrics to celebrate – and commiserate – responsibly.

Richard Bosman, executive director for safety and security, said: “We understand that this is a watershed moment for many of our young people, but with the celebrations comes responsibility. One life lost is one too many and I’d like to appeal to matriculants to consider this when hitting the streets with their friends to celebrate their passage into the next phase of their young adult lives.”


Where to get your results

* Candidates can see their results at their school or exam centre from midday tomorrow.

* They can also view their results on the Department of Basic Education’s website ( from 6am tomorrow.

* Candidates can receive their results by SMS tomorrow by registering with SABC Education. To register, SMS the candidate’s ID number and exam number to 35658 (SMSes cost R3).

* Get a hard copy of individual results in the Cape Argus first thing on Wednesday morning.



[email protected]

Cape Argus

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines