“Today marks the start of the 2014 National Senior Certificate examinations for 9978 full time candidates and 519 private candidates registered with the Independent Examinations Board,” IEB CEO Anne Oberholzer said in a statement. The exams are scheduled to end on November 28, and results will be released on 31 December 2014.

The candidates will write their exams at 191 examination centres across the country

The IEB introduced an electronic locking system to control the distribution and collection of examination materials.

Equal Education wishes matrics well

Equal Education would like to wish the matrics of 2014 all the best ahead of their matric exams starting this week.

Equal Education would like to wish the matrics of 2014 all the best ahead of their matric exams starting this week.

â??We know that many of these learners are banking on these results to open up opportunities for them in Higher Education and Training, in various learnerships and even some form of employment,â? said a media release from the organisation. â??Whereas others have hailed the increase in percentages of the matric pass rate as an improvement in the general education system, as Equal Education we have maintained that the matric pass rate is, on its own, not an accurate yardstick to measure good and quality education.â?

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Quality of education must be measured by infrastructure

â??We hold the view that the quality of the education must also be measured by other things like inputs such as school infrastructure, textbooks and stocked and functional libraries, as well as outcomes such as drop-out rates, literacy and numeracy levels and other such indicators of the quality of learning and teaching.â?

Gradual improvement is possible, but magical results are not

â??Pressure on the Minister of Basic Education or on school principals to produce steep improvements in matric results will lead to perverse outcomes. We need to act with a sense of urgency but have the patience to ensure that any improvements are real and sustained,â? said the organisation.

Author: SAPA