Earlier this week, the National Department of Education announced that more than 350 000 pupils are expected to sit in for the mid-year examinations which are expected to start on 2nd May until 14th June, with results expected to be released on 2nd August.
According to Times Live, this is the country’s highest volume of students who are expected to write in the mid-year exams and it is because the Department has merged the February/March supplementary exams and the May/June senior certificate examinations.
“For this reason, the number of candidates who will sit for the 2019 mid-year examinations has increased significantly, and will see well over 350 000 registered candidates write the annual examinations, as compared to the numbers that were lower than 200 000 in the past for both exams,” said the Department spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga.
The publication adds that pupils who are eligible to write include students who missed any of their 2018 final exams due to illness or deaths within their immediate family, as well as candidates who wrote the October/November national senior certificate (NSC) examinations but did not meet the requirements of the NSC or those who meet the requirements of the NSC but wish to improve their performance either in terms of subject or type of pass obtained.
Furthermore the Department says that most of the full-time candidates registered to write the exams are from KwaZulu-Natal with 42 453, followed by Limpopo with 31 749 and Eastern Cape with 22 002 students.
The Department adds that the mid-year exams are similar to the October/November examinations with all subjects offered in the NSC mid-year examinations. Furthermore a total of 6 581 centres to be used for writing of the mid-year exams with a total of 35 marking centres allocated.
“NSC candidates are not limited in the number of examinations sittings that they may register to write in order to fulfil the requirements of the qualification. Part-time and repeat candidates that register to write the October/November examinations may register to write the mid-year examinations the following year,” concluded Mhlanga.