The chairperson for Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, Nomalungelo Gina, says the matric results period is a difficult one for learners and they need all the support they can get.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is to release the class of 2017 results on Thursday evening.

Political parties in Parliament have congratulated matriculants who wrote last year’s exams for surviving 12 years of schooling.

Gina has appealed to parents to support their children regardless of the outcome of their results.

“We know very well even the parents are anxious, everyone is anxious to hear about the results but we really rely on the support that the parents will give to their learners. We know parents can contribute to pressure, we plead with parents to be supportive.”

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the National Association of School Governing Bodies, Matakanye Matakanye, has expressed confidence that there will be an improvement in the results.

Matakanye says, “Our expectation is that we will get better results this year because during the year we never had disruptions, disturbances and strikes. We hope we will get the better results, particularly in maths and science.”

Additional reporting by Patrick Dintwa.