Pretoria – Learners who wrote supplementary exams after the National Senior Certificate Grade 12 examinations in 2010 can collect their results from schools next Monday.
Basic Education spokesperson Granville Whittle said the results will be dispatched today to schools and advised learners to collect them from 9 May at the examination centres where they wrote the exams.
A total of 115 papers were written in 1 156 exam centres across the country, with a total of 101 078 full time candidates registered to write the NSC supplementary examinations. The exams started on 14 February 2011 and were completed on 24 March 2011.
“The supplementary examinations process was completed successfully with no irregularities or incidents reported at any of the examination centres,” said Whittle.
Meanwhile, Whittle announced that the release of Annual National Assessment (ANA) results, which were expected to be released in April, would probably only take place in June due to the enormity of the task and the importance of establishing a credible national baseline.
Whittle disputed recent media reports that the delay in the release of the ANA results was due to the upcoming municipal elections.
“The reports are mischievous and misleading. The delay in the release of the ANA results has nothing to do with the elections.”
He explained that the delay in releasing the results on 29 April 2011 was due to the department still being in the process of capturing the results from all districts in the country.
“The ANA were written for the first time by all learners who were in Grades 1 to 6 in 2010 and by a national sample of learners who were in Grade 9 in 2010. This enormous undertaking, involving some 6.5 million learners, is one of the most important educational interventions the department has ever [done],” said Whittle.
The ANA mark a significant shift in the department’s focus to learner achievement in the key phases of the primary school and the report on the ANA will indicate to the country the levels of literacy and numeracy that learners have achieved.
Whittle said through the results, the department will be able to intervene in schools and districts where learner achievement is low.
“This first national report on the ANA is therefore crucial and needs to be an accurate and clear reflection of learner performance,” he said. – BuaNews