More than 25 000 Gauteng pupils are going to rewrite some of their matric exams, the provincial department of education said on Thursday.

Nearly 7 000 of them would write maths and science, with the help of extra tuition beforehand at special preparation centres.

The intensive programme will start on Saturday and run over four weekends, ending before pupils write maths 1 on February 26.

The official matric pass rate for last year was 60.7 percent nationwide, and 71.8 percent for Gauteng.

"The intensive programme of assistance includes training in exam skills such as time management during an examination and how to deal with different kinds of maths and science questions. Learners will write a mock two hour examination which will be reviewed by expert teachers, and they will also analyse past examination papers," the department said in a statement.

The programme runs from 9am to 2pm.

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg is also offering a facility to study for the supplementary examinations and will have tutors at hand to help.

Sci-Bono was launched by Gauteng government to help pupils with science. They are spearheading the project and will avail the centre to any pupil who wants to use their study rooms and on-hand tutors during the week.

Over the weekend other venues will teach maths on Saturday between 9am to 2pm and on Sunday science between 9am and 2pm. - Sapa

Venues and contact details are as follows:

D1 Gauteng North: Karen Kornel 082-229-3845, Enkangala Comprehensive, Stand 864, Enkangala.

D2 Gauteng West: Kathy Dohne 082-335-3577, Jan Viljoen, Cnr Maugham & Hoofrif Roads, Randfontein, Tshwasongu (Merafong) 5007, Ext 2, Khutsong.

D3 Tshwane North: J.Pillay 083-383-4144, Tshwane North College, Jubilee Road, Hamanskraal, Tshwane North College, 3165 Block L, College Rd, Soshanguve.

D4 Tshwane South: Elias Mabotja 076-971-9162, Tshwane South, College 5 Khoza Str, Atteridgeville, TNT FET College, 19403 Serapeng Rd, Mamelodi East.

D5 Gauteng East: Linda Zwane 082-576-9425, Mamelog Sec, 10839 Nzima & Letsoalo,Tsakane; NN Ndebele Sec 3001 Nala Street, Duduza, Laban Mothlabi 10403 Jabula Str, Kwa-Thema, Zikhethele Secondary, 471 Mpumelelo Township, Devon, BB Myataza Sec, 1354 Ntsoene Str, Etwatwa.

Pupils from Daveyton to attend to tuition at EE Daveyton, also known as Isidingo FET College.

D6 Ekurhuleni North: Solly Ledwaba 082-439-6739, EW Tembisa, 9 Esiqongweni Section, Tembisa, EE Daveyton (Isidingo FET College) Heald Street, Daveyton, EE Benoni O'Reilly Merrie Street Benoni, EW Kempton Park Cnr Partridge & Pretoria RD Kempton Park, Etwatwa Sec 1799, corner Nko & Lasae St, Wattville.

D7 Sedibeng East: Fransi Enslin 079-574-2235, Emmansdal High, Emmansdal, Sedibeng FET College, 33 Voortrekker Street, Vereeniging.

D8 Sedibeng West: Nthabiseng Mohono 084-046-3515, Sebokeng College, 6 Samuel Street, Sebokeng, Lesedi la-Thuto Zone17, Sebokeng, Tsheto-Themba Zone 6 Sebokeng.

D9 Johannesburg East: Albie Palmer 082-944-3359, Ponelopele Oracle Secondary, Ivory Park, Jules High, Jeppes Town, Alexandra Central Campus, Alexandra.

D10 Johannesburg North: Rosa Mngadi 082-299-1240, Thaba Jabula, Pimville, Soweto, RW Fick, Peerboom Street, Bosmont, Diepsloot Combined, Stand 3292, Corner Orange & Peach, Ext 6, Diepsloot.

D11 Johannesburg South: Yunis Mahomed 083-579-2721, Raphela Seco, 5450 Stretford Road Orange Farm, Willowinter High.

D12 Johannesburg West: Prince Maluleke 011-831-5475, Forte High, Dobsonville, Jonas Moabi Str. Dobsonville.

D14 Johannesburg Central: Dan Phukubje 083-327-9919, PQ Vundla Secondary, Molapo, Soweto, Pace College, 1340 Bendile Road, Jabulani Soweto.

D15 Tshwane West: Freddy Lehobye 074-507-6341, District Office 22616 Klipgat Rd, Mabopane, Benjamin Ngwenya 082-470-1398, Philadelphia Secondary School, 67 Block L, next to TUT Shoshanguve Campus.

D16 Ekurhuleni South: Marinda Greyling 083-231-6102, Lethukuthula Secondary, 801 Twala Section, Thokoza, Katlehong.

For further information contact 011-355-0216.