Why prelims are important
The delaying of matric prelims may impact on final results. Here’s why these mock finals matter.
With 58 days to go until the start of the National Senior Certificate finals, the Departments of Education in Gauteng,  Free State and Eastern Cape have decided to postpone Matric prelims due to the public servants strike.

Ezrah Ramasele, president of the National Professional Teachers Organisation (Naptosa) was quoted on News24 as saying: ‘The Western Cape department of Education (WCED) will have to think carefully whether exams can take place next week.’

Matrics need prelims

1. The exams forms part of Grade 12 continuous assessments and account for 25% of their final mark. Universities and FET colleges often require these marks for admissions applications.

2.  It’s a good way to prep for finals. Pupils get a good sense of what a final exam setting will be like. It can really help build their confidence for the biggest exam of their lives.

3. It helps to draw up realistic study timetables. Because the setting of the matric final exam is so different from any other exam they’ve sat so far, they need a different kind of study timetable. The prelims will help them get an idea of how to manage their time.

4. Prelims help with the huge task of studying. Because the prelims and finals are so close to each other, pupils can get the bulk of their study work done. This takes the pressure off for the actual finals. They just need to revise and can be more relaxed during them.

5. Pupils can identify their weak points before they sit their final exams. This allows them to concentrate and put extra effort into these problem areas. It also helps the teachers to identify areas that may need extra attention for the whole class.

What users say

In a poll on News24 recently about the delaying of the matric prelims:
  • 73% of users felt it was unacceptable
  • 15% thought it was to help the education department save face and
  • 12% thought it would give the matrics more time to prepare.

What do you think about delaying the matric prelims? Do you think it’s fair?

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