Zuma urges pupils not to lose heart

2014-10-27 00:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma joined with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in wishing all Grade 12 learners the “best of luck” as they start writing their final matric examinations today.

Zuma appealed to parents not to put too much pressure on their children, “but to provide support and encouragement”.

“We want all our learners to do well in the exams,” said Zuma. “However, there are many opportunities for learners who do not do as well, such as rewrite schools and colleges where they can learn all sorts of skills.”

Today marks the official commencement of the 2014 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination. A total of 688 660 candidates are registered to write the exam this year, of which 550 127 are full-time candidates and 138 533 are part-time candidates. The final exam takes place on November 28.

In KwaZulu-Natal 148 000 pupils will start writing matric today. KZN Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni will be monitoring exams at Umlazi Comtech Secondary School this morning and will announce the other schools to be monitored over the next four weeks.

Countrywide matric exams will be held across 6 735 examination centres where invigilation will be conducted by an estimated 65 000 invigilators responsible for ensuring that the examination is written under conditions that are free of any malpractice.

The department said the monitoring of the matric exams has been strengthened “so as to ensure that the integrity and credibility of this exit examination is upheld at every examination centre”.

The minister will officially announce the matric results on January 5, 2015.

— Witness Reporter.

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