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2015 matric pass rate to be announced today

The Education Minister will finally reveal how the class of 2015 did.

FILE: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says there has been a leak of the Life Sciences Matric paper in Limpopo. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is due to announce the 2015 National Senior Certificate pass rate this evening.

Over 800,000 candidates sat for the exams, the largest group since 1994.

Quality assurance board Umalusi, revealed last week that the pass rate is worse than 2014.

Motshekga will today finally reveal how the class of 2015 did in their exams and how each province performed.

While Umalusi has warned the latest pass rate is much lower than expected, educational psychologist Nola Pyne said there are number of options for those who didn't do well.

"Perhaps they could look at different courses that are available, a lot of the popular courses that are obviously going to be full but that doesn't mean everything is closed."

Payne has also urged parents to be more supportive during this period.

"You know and just simply rolling of the eye of look of disappointment or something can have huge impact on teenagers who are already upset with the situation."

Payne said parents need to be supportive even in the face of poor results.

"Guide their children into the different options that are available, so it's a positive kind of reinforcement. Maybe they're able to write supplementary exams and they would probably be very motivated now to do much better because they've already felt the disappointment the first time around."

The department says individual results will be released tomorrow.

ANXIOUS WAIT ALMOST OVER

Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer urged matrics not to be despondent if they fail.

It's been a nail-biting wait for the matric results.

Grade 12 learners will get their individual results at schools on Wednesday.

Schafer said she's concerned about Umalusi confirming there's a higher percentage of matrics who've failed compared to the previous year.

But Schafer added there's hope for those who didn't make the grade.

"Wait and see what happens. If you're really close, there's also an opportunity to ask for a re-mark."

The matric class of 2014 achieved an 82,2 percent pass rate, while the national pass rate was 75,8 percent.

Click here to visit EWN's matric portal to view the results when they're released.