Exams off to ‘smooth start’ on day one

2010-10-26 00:00

THE first day of matric examinations went off without a hitch in all the country’s provinces.

About 51 000 matriculants in schools across the country wrote the Information Technology Theory Paper 2 and Computer Application Technology Theory Paper 2 in the morning.

The national spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, Granville Whittle, said all the provin­ces indicated that no serious irregularities had been reported.

“The Department of Basic Education is satisfied that we have had a smooth start to this year’s Grade 12 examination.”

His remarks were echoed by provincial education spokesperson Mbali Thusi.

Exactly 1 659 KwaZulu-Natal pupils wrote Information Technology, while 8 192 pupils wrote Computer Application Technology, Thusi said.

There were 54 and 518 part-time candidates, respectively, who also sat the exams.

KZN accounts for over 131 000 full-time pupils and almost 20 000 part-time candidates of the national total of 642 691 registered to write the National Senior Certificate examination this year.

The Dance Studies and Electrical Technology exams will be written this morning, and languages, including Portuguese, German and Hebrew, in the afternoon.

The History exam is set for tomorrow, while the Afrikaans exam takes place on Thursday.

Friday is crunch time with Maths and Maths Literacy exams.

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