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Thousands in the WC qualify for matric supplementary exams

The exams will take place from the 10 February and conclude on 17 March.

Students will have until Wednesday to register for the supplementary exams. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - The Western Cape Education Department says more than 7,000 matriculants qualify to take part in supplementary examinations.

Students will have until Wednesday to register for the exams.

The exams will take place from 10 February and conclude on 17 March.

Education MEC Debbie Schafer explains some circumstances, which may permit learners to write the exams.

"Either they need a maximum of two subject to pass their matric or if they were unable to write for medical reasons, then they would have to provide a certificate. If there was a death in their immediate family or other special reasons why they could not write and they would have to give evidence that they need a better result to study in university or college."

BASIC EDUCATION URGES SUPPLEMENTARY EXAM CANDIDATES TO REGISTER

The Basic Education Department has urged matrics who want to rewrite their exams to register immediately.

Last year, 70,7 percent of matrics passed the latest National Senior Certificate exams.

Almost 800,000 sat for the papers, marking a new record.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga says registration for supplementary exams will close on Wednesday.

"We urge all those who wish to have a second opportunity at writing not more than two subjects, arising out of the 2015 National Certificate examinations, to rush to a school near them or go back to where they sat for exams in order for them to lodge their applications."

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