The Department of Basic Education is investigating a maths question worth seven marks that matric candidates faced in their final exams on Monday.

This, after pupils complained that the Maths Paper 2 question was “impossible” to answer.

According to department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga, the suspected error was reported countrywide after pupils had written the paper.

Once a paper has been written, Mhlanga explained, there is an informal memo discussion comprising pupils and subject teachers to see how the former fared in the exam.It was during these discussions that pupils mentioned the difficulties they had with Question 5. The complaints, he said, came from all corners of South Africa.

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However, Mhlanga assured pupils that there was no need to worry about it.

“We will look into it. We have a panel that reviews every paper.

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If there is an error, the first step is to remove that mark so that no one is compromised.

“If an error has been declared, we will tell markers to ignore Question 5 so that everyone is covered and there is fairness.

“As the exam was out of 100, everyone will be marked on 93. The second step is to check what the impact of that was on the pupils.”

Explaining what he meant, he said some pupils complained that they wasted time looking for the answer. Others ended up frustrated and stressed.

Mhlanga said officials would look at the overall performance of the pupils. If it is established that the question impacted their exam, the department will ask quality assurance council Umalusi for an upward adjustment of 1% or 2%.

“That is how exams and assessments work around the world,” he added.

How To Check Old Matric Results Online

  • Step 1: Visit the Department of Basic Education (DBE) website.
  • Step 2: Select the quick link for the exam results.
  • Step 3: Insert your examination numbers.
  • Step 4: You might need to provide more personal information.
  • Step 5: Click the search button and your Matric results will appear.


What Time Will Matric Results 2023 Be Released?

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has announced that the Matric results release date for 2023 is the 20th of January. It is expected that the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will announce the outcome of the final exam at 18:00, on the 19th of January 2023 in a media briefing.

What Time Will Angie Announce Matric Results?

The Minister of Basic Education of South Africa, Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the Matric results for the class of 2022 on Thursday 19 January 2023.

Students will only be able to get their results from their schools and exam centres the next day. So you can get your personal results on Friday 20 January, from your school or exam centre.

Here are the important dates for the Matric Results:

  • 19 January 2023 – Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the results of the Matric Class of 2022
  • 20 January 2023 – Grade 12 final exam Statements of Results available at your school or exam centre
  • 3 February 2023 – Last day for students to apply for remarking or rechecking of examination papers. If you are not happy with your matric results, this is a critical date!
  • 8 February 2023 – Last day to register for the 2023 May/June examinations. Also a critical date if you want to improve your matric results by rewriting a subject in the May/ June 2023 exams sitting!
  • 15 March 2023 – Last day to register for the 2023 October/November examinations.

How To Get Your Matric Results Via SMS 2023

  • Send your ID number and exam number via SMS to 35658.
  • Both numbers must have 13 digits to be accepted, and there is a once-off cost of R3 to register.
  • Once registration is completed, results will be delivered by SMS when they are released.
  • Please note that the SMS will cost you R1.50
  • You will receive your Matric results once they are available

Use the USSD service by dialling *120*35658#.

  • After answering multiple questions, enter your ID number.
  • You’ll receive your results per subject after you have completed the process.
  • You’ll have the option to opt in or out to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act.
  • USSD rates apply.


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