It’s D-day for the class of 2015, as Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga gets ready to announce the National Senior Certificate examination results at Vodacom World in Midrand, Johannesburg, on Tuesday afternoon.
During a live TV broadcast at 18:00 Motshekga will announce the national pass rate for pupils, who wrote the exams administered by the department.
Matriculants, except for those in the Western Cape, will have to wait till midnight for their results to be available on the department’s website.
Results will also be available on News24 from 06:00 on Wednesday at matricresults.news24.com.
Pupils in the eight provinces will be able to view their results and collect their matric certificates at school from 08:00 on Wednesday morning.
Matric exam quality assurer, Umalusi, has already warned that the national pass rate will be lower than the 75.8% for the class of 2014.
However, even though the results will be available online, the department would rather pupils wait a few hours and get their results in person from their school.
This is so that they are not alone and pupils who fared worse than expected or failed, will have ready access to psychological support, and the chance of a do-over.
Anybody who failed or is distraught over their results will be given counselling and be informed about the department's "Second Chance" programme, department spokesperson Elihah Mhlanga said.
"They need to know that, unlike previous years, this time we have a dedicated programme to make sure that before the end of the year you have your certificate," said Mhlanga. "We are going to support you."
More details about the “Second Chance” programme would be provided on Thursday, and pupils who wanted to participate, would be primed to expect the information.
A total of 674 232 full-time and 127 456 part-time matric candidates enrolled to write. In the departments website Motshekga said they had a smooth marking process across all of their 121 Marking Centres, with 49 000 markers.