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Matric exams proceeding with relative ease

by Nthambeleni Gabara
on 13 Nov 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

The writing of matric examinations across the country is proceeding relatively well, says Deputy Education Minister, Advocate Andre Gaum.

Advocate Gaum was speaking during his visit to the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool in the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality on Thursday to check on the challenges faced by both learners and teachers as well as to observe Grade 12 learners who were writing the National Senior Certificate (NSC) for the first time.

"We've been briefed by the school management that despite certain hiccups, everything is going smoothly at this school.

"We can also confirm that the writing of the matric examinations is r going relatively smoothly across the country," he said.

This is the first time that all Grade 12 learners in public schools are writing exams based on the NSC curriculum. A total of 592 000 Grade 12 learners were registered to sit for their finals in 6 500 examinations centres in the country.

According to the deputy minister, out of the 7 000 candidates at the national level who were writing the Advanced Mathematics Third Paper, 50 were learners at the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool.

"The Advanced Mathematics Paper prepares learners to enter smoothly in the engineering and other science related fields and we are hoping to encourage the majority of learners to write this paper in the coming academic years," he said.

With only two weeks remaining for the completion of the matric examinations, Adv Gaum encouraged schools to remain vigilant and to do everything in their power to ensure its success.

He encouraged learners to continue working hard and to be punctual until the end of this academic year.

The Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool was established in 1920 and will celebrate its centenary in 2010.

Speaking to BuaNews, school principal Pierre Edwards said 220 candidates were writing the NSC this academic year.

"We are grateful to be visited by the deputy minister. I can confirm that we had a fruitful discussion with him and we are looking forward to working together with the department.

"We cannot predict the matric results for this academic year, but we are hopeful that our students will make us proud, even though they would be writing the NSC for the first time," he said.

On Thursday, Grade 12 learners wrote their English Home Language Paper Two and the First and Second Additional Languages Papers as well as the Mechanical Technology Paper.

On Friday, they will write Physical Science, Religion Studies and Dance Studies. They will finish their examination with Advanced Mathematics Paper Three and Electrical Technology on 3 December. - BuaNews

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