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Cape Town - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is due on Tuesday to announce the results of the matric class of 2015 – results which have taken a notable dip compared to 2014.

Motshekga will announce the provincial and national results as well as the country’s top performers during a live TV broadcast at 6pm on Tuesday evening while individual candidates will find out their results on Wednesday.

Principals will collect candidates’ results from district offices from 8am on the day, giving them time to analyse and check the results for any errors, before releasing them to candidates at noon.

Candidates will be able to check their results on the Department of Basic Education’s website at

Last week Umalusi, the statutory body responsible for certifying results, indicated that the class of 2015 had performed worse than the matric group of 2014.

One reason given for the poorer results was the performance of progressed pupils – pupils who had been moved to matric without meeting the pass requirements for Grade 11 – while other possible reasons include the cognitive demand of the exam papers and an improvement in marking.

Umalusi indicated that the drop in performance had been particularly pronounced in certain subjects, including accounting, history, geography and mathematical literacy.

The 2014 national matric pass rate was 75.8 percent compared to 78.2 percent in 2013. The Western Cape achieved a pass rate of 82.2 percent last year.

All eight of the province’s education districts performed above 80 percent and the West Coast district (88.4 percent) and Overberg (88.1) were ranked among the top five in the country.

“We would like to wish all the 2015 NSC candidates the best for the release of their results. We are proud of them for having come this far.

“For those learners who do not achieve the results that they have hoped for, there is no need to feel disheartened. There are a number of options available to them which include writing a supplementary examination,” said Jessica Shelver, spokeswoman for Education MEC Debbie Schäfer.

Candidates can qualify for supplementary exams if they have failed a maximum of two subjects or can provide proof that they had missed an exam because they were ill, among other reasons.

The Western Cape Education Department has indicated that school social workers and counsellors would be available on Wednesday to assist and support pupils.

The provincial National Senior Certificate awards ceremony will be held at the Premier’s residence, Leeuwenhof, on January 12. Awards to top matriculants and their schools as well as several other prizes will be presented during this gala.

Cape Argus