The Department of Basic Education released the 2012 matriculation examination results on Thursday 3 January 2013. The pass rate of 73.9% was up from 70.2% in 2011.
Speaking of the class of 2012, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga referred to the fact that learners exiting Grade 12 in 2012 have become known as South Africa’s “born frees” since most were born in the year of the first free and democratic elections.
The Minister noted that the number of full-time candidates writing the National Senior Certificate examinations had increased from 496 090 in 2011 to 511 152 in 2012 – an increase of 15 062 candidates. The number of part-time candidates who wrote in 2012 was 81 552 compared to 80 116 in 2011 (an increase of 1436).
“In total,” she said, “262 question papers were set, 7.8 million question papers printed and written at 6611 examination centres, supervised by 65 000 invigilators. In total, 7.4 million scripts were marked by 39 039 markers at 118 centres.”
She also announced that to ensure that examination papers were pitched at an international standard, the department had embarked on an international evaluation of question papers in 2002, 2007 and 2010. “Question papers for selected subjects were evaluated by reputable international assessment bodies namely, Cambridge International Examinations, Scottish Qualification Authority and Board of Studies New South Wales. The 2011 benchmarking process also added an important dimension that included Higher Education South Africa.”
Many of these matrics will be enrolling at Unisa to further their studies. Unisa looks forward to welcoming the “born frees” in 2013.
*Written by Sharon Farrell