The North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela confirmed with the officials of the department that the province is ready to write the final examinations for the 2019 National Senior Certificate and all other grades.

The department has already concluded plans for the 39 954 Grade 12 candidates to write their final examination. The province has registered 33 014 full time candidates and 6940 part time candidates whilst there are 16 marking venues across the province.

During the spring recess the department arranged Spring Camps for the Grade 12 learners which started from the 20 to 29 September 2019. These spring camps were attended by the Underperforming Schools, First time matric presenters, high achievers and Progressed learners across the province. The focus of the spring camps was on teaching learners on examination tactics and on revision.

The Grade 12 NSC examinations will be written from the 23 October 2019 until 28 November 2019 with the practical component of Computer Application Technology and Information Technology being written on the 16 and 17 October respectively. Now it’s almost 23 days left before the Grade 12 learners could sit and write their 2019 National Senior Certificate final examination.

The province has started with the management plan for printing, packaging and distribution of question papers. The officials who will be dealing with the printing monitoring are vetted and polygraphed.

The North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela emphasized that the department has intensified security for these forthcoming examinations.

“As a province we continue to pull all strings to ensure that we intensify security measures in collaboration with the Provincial Joint Operations Committee. We want our examination materials to be delivered safely to various storages, examination centres and to our marking centres. We have also trained our invigilators who will be monitoring. We have already appointed a panel to management and deal with all examination irregularities experienced during the writing of exams”, said MEC Matsemela.

MEC Matsemela further appealed to the broader communities of the province to allow learners to write their examination in a peaceful and conducive environment without any disturbance.

MEC Matsemela further highlighted that the department is ready for the reopening of schools which will take place on Tuesday, 01 October 2019. She requested learners to work extremely hard since this was the last quarter of the year.

Author: tkhechane