FOR the past 12 years nearly 800 000 pupils throughout South Africa have been gearing up for their final school year culminating this week with the start ofthe matric-national senior certificate exams. A total of 796 286 matric pupils will sit at more than 6 844 centres across the country. The Umzinyathi Department of Education says just over 10 000 matrics will be writing in the district. Exams run for just over a month, ending on November 29.The minister of basic education will announce the results on the evening of Thursday January 4, 2018. Matrics will be able to access their results from Friday, January 5, 2018 through the department’s website and media outlets. KwaZulu-Natal still tops the number of enrolments with 169 023, followed by Gauteng with 112 164 candidates. Umvoti tradition has it that if a jacaranda blossom drifts down onto you as you are swotting or walking to exams it will bring you really good results.The Greytown Gazette wishes, on behalf of its readers, every matric the very best.