NYDA to launch second chance programme for matriculants

06 January 2016 - 09:11 By Lizeka Tandwa

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will launch its second chance programme on Wednesday for the 2015 matric class.

The NYDA said those who wished to know more about the Second Chance Matric Rewrite could visit www.nyda.gov.za or their nearest NYDA branch for more information. 

This year a total of 5,675 second chance opportunities would be made available by the NYDA for the class of 2015. 

NYDA chairperson, Yershen Pillay said they expect to see a greater demand for second chance opportunities as a result of the lower pass rate.

“Every year the NYDA makes available a limited number of second chance opportunities for those who fail their matric exams. We therefore encourage all those who have failed their matric exams to take advantage of the NYDA’s Second Chance Matric Rewrite programme which offers learners an opportunity to return to a school environment, receive free revision classes and rewrite their exams,” Pillay said.

He said the drop in the matric pass rate should be considered against the backdrop of attempts to improve standards of education. 

He said the class of 2015 proved to be the highest standard yet.

Pillay commended the matric class of 2015 for achieving a 70.7% percentage pass.

“Furthermore, we commend the department of basic education and Umalusi for focusing on improving standards rather than merely seeking to increase the pass rate. Our basic education assessment standards are certainly on par with the rest of the world." 

Source: News24