Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says their department has taken all necessary steps to ensure a smooth conclusion to this year's matric examinations. Learners are completing their final exams this week with results set to be results out in January 2023.
Motshekga has commended the efforts of provincial education departments along with schools in providing support and materials and organising matric camps for learners.
At all times we aim to conduct our exams error-free and uphold the integrity of our certificate. We did all we could possibly do to support the children.
The NSC exams, which began in October are almost complete. There were 717,377 full-time candidates and 181,143 part-time candidates across 6,898 centres nationwide.
Minister Motshekga expressed gratitude to stakeholders for their contributions and reported that the exams have proceeded well, with 225 papers already completed by the first day of December 2023.
We can confirm that indeed these exams went well. By Friday the 1st of December, we were on day 25 and we were only left with three days to finish the exams. Up to date, 225 papers have been written. We are only left with six papers before we finish the exams.
"We are very grateful to all stakeholders who have played a role in making sure that we run these exams as well as we did."
The minister urged matriculants to celebrate responsibly, cautioning against disturbing incidents reported on social media, such as excessive alcohol consumption and legal issues. The minister called on parents, communities, and caregivers to support students in staying safe during the post-exam celebrations.
What is clear is that as much as it really is the time for celebrating, hundreds of our children are overindulging in alcohol, binge drinking and even finding themselves [against] the law. At this stage, we want to urge parents, communities and caregivers to support their kids to stay safe and grow.