Best wishes to 2018 matrics

With matric exams underway, Cabinet has sent its well wishes to all Grade 12 learners and urged parents to support learners during this period.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to support learners during this critical period in their academic journey. It is also vital to motivate learners to finish their schooling, Cabinet said in a statement on Thursday.

For the first time, the department will this year administer an examination in South African Sign Language at Home Language level to 58 deaf candidates across 10 schools.

On Tuesday, the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams got off to a good start as candidates wrote the English Paper 1.

A total of 757 894 learners sat for their English Home Language, English First Additional Language and English Second Additional Language examinations.

According to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, no major incidents were reported.

The National Senior Certificate examinations are the culmination of a number of efforts by the department to get the system functioning optimally and delivering quality basic education to all learners.

Earlier this week, the Basic Education Department said it will continue to monitor the examinations as they progress and it is hopeful that all measures put in place will protect the integrity of the examinations by preventing any untoward incidents.

Learners across the country have signed a voluntary pledge to commit to upholding the integrity of the examinations by not participating in any malpractice.

The examination period extends over five-and-a-half weeks and will conclude on 28 November.

Marking of examination scripts will commence on 1 December and will be concluded by 15 December.

The examination results will be released on the evening of Thursday, 3 January 2019, and candidates will be able to access their results from Friday, 4 January through the department's website and various media outlets.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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