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School-leaving exams kick off in South Africa

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A total of 796‚542 candidates‚ including part-time pupils‚ will write the NSC examination across 6‚888 centres‚ with the last exam taking place on 28 November 2018.

The class of 2018 is set to sit down and write the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations on Monday, 15 October 2018.

Exactly 37,340 matriculants are expected to write the practical examination for Computer Applications Technology (CAT) as the first subject, while on Tuesday, 16 October, 4,170 candidates will write the practical exam for Information Technology.

Overall, more than 600,000 learners will be writing the final exams.

The Department said it’s committed to ensuring a credible examination.

“The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has embarked on an intensive review of all its systems and processes and has taken cognisance of the limitations that may have presented a challenge in previous years and all these have been thoroughly addressed,” the department said.

“We ask our parents and all members of the community who are planning protests to ensure they stabilise their areas because children depend on the stability in their areas to write exams.”

Last week, learners signed a pledge to commit to upholding the integrity of the examinations by not participating in any malpractice.

The department further said it would monitor the different points at which question papers are stored en route to schools.

“The Department has audited each of these points and only those points that comply with the stringent criteria are allowed to store question papers. These storage points will be closely monitored by the provincial education departments and the national department. The department has also engaged the services of all the security agencies who will assist in maintaining a presence where necessary and will respond to requests at short notice”, it said.

Thabo Baloyi
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