Wait ends at midday for W.Cape matrics

The WCED says the delay is because principals need to examine the results for any errors.

FILE: Grade 12s in the Western Cape will have to wait until midday to get their individual results. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Grade 12 pupils in the Western Cape will have to wait until midday to get their individual results from their schools.

Pupils in the country's other provinces have been able to access their results online and get them in newspapers since 6am this morning.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED's) Jessica Shelver explains the reasons behind the delay in releasing the results.

"This is done for a number of reasons, including the fact that the principals examine the results to pick up any errors and also to alert the WCED if candidates maybe disappointed by their results and should need counselling."

The 2014 matric pass rate was released on Monday evening, with the pass rate dropping to 75.8 percent for the first group of pupils who wrote the new Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) exams.

The national matric pass rate dropped by 2.4 percentage points compared to the 78.2 percent mark achieved in 2013.

The Western Cape is one of five provinces which saw a decrease, dropping from 85.1 percent in 2013 to 82.2 percent.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she's disappointed by the 2.4 percentage point drop.

Motshekga says she believes there will be an improvement from the supplementary exams.

"The 135,000 learners qualifying for supplementary exams must be given special support to ensure that we can claw back the 2.4 percent and possibly move more. We're ready to make up through the supplementary exams."

RESULTS FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY:

Mpumalanga 79 percent

Northern Cape 76.4 percent

Limpopo 72.9 percent

Pupils can access their results at _ EWN's Matric portal by typing in their exam number._