Thursday, 29 September 2016 16:08

Cabinet rallies support for 2016 matrics

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As the final test of a long school career beckons for this year’s matrics, Cabinet says all stakeholders in education must work together to ensure that the country’s institutions of higher learning are in a position to receive the Class of 2016.

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Speaking on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, said Cabinet has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Basic Education that it’s all systems go for the 2016 National Senior Certificate examination.

“For the 2016 examinations, there are 677 141 full-time and 150 183 part-time candidates, which is 9 000 more candidates than 2015, demonstrating government’s commitment to ensuring that more of our young people complete their basic education so that they are able to participate in the economy,” he said.

The Grade 12 examinations will run from 26 October to 29 November 2016.

The Minister of Basic Education will announce the outcome of the 2016 Grade 12 exams on 4 January 2017.

“Cabinet wishes the Class of 2016 well as they embark on the final phase of their school careers,” Minister Radebe said.

Cabinet further applauded South Africa’s teachers and commended them for their dedication and hard work in laying the foundation for the country’s future leaders.

The dedication and resilience of our teachers has uplifted our people and continues to propel our children to a brighter future.

World Teachers’ Day is commemorated on 5 October.

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