Matrics urged to explore their options

Pretoria: Cabinet has encouraged Grade 12 learners, who qualify for higher education studies, to explore all available opportunities.

Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, on Thursday said learners, who will not yet be accepted at an institution of higher learning at the time of the release of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results, should make use of the Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) service in January and February 2015.

“This service [CACH] makes a register of potential candidates that meet institutions’ minimum admission requirements to all Post-School Education and Training (PSET) institutions in South Africa,” said Minister Radebe.

The service also offers career advice and assists prospective applicants with possible alternatives.

The service can be accessed through the call centre on 0800 356 635 or by sending an SMS to 49200 with the learner’s name and identity number.

Cabinet also commended the Department of Basic Education, Provincial Education Departments, principals, teachers and learners for their perseverance as the academic year ends.

“The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will announce the outcome of the 2014 NSC examinations on 5 January 2015, with results being released to candidates on 6 January 2015,” Minister Radebe said.

ANA results

He said Cabinet welcomed the release of the 2014 Annual National Assessments (ANA) last week, which showed an upward trend in performance of all grades except Grade 9.

“The ANA remain a powerful tool to assess the health of our education system and where immediate interventions are required, as identified for the Grade 9 learners in mathematics,” he said.