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Grade 11 pupils promoted without passing

The Basic Education Department said the practice was not unique to South Africa.

FILE. The pupils have been promoted apparently to prevent them from staying in one academic year for too long. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Some grade 11 pupils were promoted to matric without passing, the Basic Education Department confirmed on Monday.

Officials said this was done to prevent students from staying in one academic year for too long.

The department said this practice was not unique to South Africa.

Basic Education Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the promotions only applied to pupils who had been stuck at the same level for four or more years.

"It's something that we have taken from other countries but it's also aimed at ensuring that we support learners."

The Basic Education Department will release the 2014 matric results in the next few days.

The department meanwhile says provinces are on target with the distribution of supplies to schools across the country.

Officials say there should be enough resources to cater for all pupils, based on projected pupil numbers for 2015.