Statement By Ms Agnes Mashishi Education: Supplementary Exams

18 February 2010

On 15 February, more than 97 000 learners who were unsuccessful during the 2009 matric exams started their supplementary examinations.

Learners, who qualified to write the supplementary exams included those who failed two subjects, missed the November 2009 examinations or specific subjects due to illness. Among these 97 000 learners are also learners who wanted to improve their results in specific subjects to gain university entrance.

The fight against poverty begins with the education of our children. We must give our children the support they need to follow thru on their studies and give them encouragement, not only during examination time, but thru out the year.

ANC Caucus wishes all candidates well and urges them to take advantage of the support initiatives offered by the various provincial Education departments.

The ANC would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate those learners who passed their matric exams last year. We want to wish them success in their future endeavours.

Making education one of the five priorities over the next five years reaffirms the commitment of the ANC to the improvement of the quality of education and access thereto.

I thank you!

Agnes Mashishi,MP
Tel: 021 403 9193