Cape Town -111024. MEC Donald Grant visits Groote Schuur High School to find out from the matric students how their first English exam went - Photo: Jason Boud


Umalusi on Friday announced it had approved the release of the 2011 results for matric exams.

Umalusi, the council for quality assurance in general and further education and training, said matric exams managed by the basic education department (DBE) and Independent Examinations Board (IEB) were “valid, fair and credible”, chairman Sizwe Mabizela told reporters in Pretoria.

“Umalusi is satisfied that nothing has been compromised.”

He said 620 000 students sat the DBE's examinations. The raw marks for 56 subjects were accepted, while the marks of three subjects were moderated upwards. Another eight subjects were moderated slightly downwards.

It was “significant” that 80 percent of the raw marks for the DBE were accepted without any adjustment.

Mabizela said 8281 candidates wrote IEB examinations. They wrote 60 subjects, two of which were not National Senior Certificate subjects.

He said for 45 subjects the raw marks had been accepted, while for five subjects the marks were moderated upwards. The remaining 10 had their marks decreased. The IEB still had to announce when the results would be released.

Mabizela said any adjustments were “significantly below” the maximum 10 percent allowed.

He did however express concern about maths. Without revealing the pass rate in this subject, he said: “We should be concerned about the poor performance in mathematics.” – Sapa