Matrics Officially Kick Off With Exams Today

Today is officially the first day of the 2020 Matric final exams and we all wish them good luck! This year will see 1 058 699 individuals sit down to write which is said to be the highest recorded number of candidates writing exams in SA history.

The day has finally come. The day all Matrics have been thinking about all year. Today is the official start to the 2020 National Senior Certificate examinations across South Africa which is set to come to an end on 15 December.

Matrics will start off this exam season with English FAL Paper 1, English HL Paper 1 and English SAL Paper 1. The Matrics will write English FAL Paper 1 at 9am and English HL Paper 1 and English SAL Paper 1 will be written at 2pm. 

The time duration for today's papers are as follows:

  • English FAL Paper 1 for 2 hours
  • English HL Paper 1 for 2 hours
  • English SAL Paper 1 for 2.5 hours

Learners are reminded to bring along their masks, 2 pens, pencils, eraser, highlighter, water bottle as well as a pocket tissue or a handkerchief just in case.

Dear Matriculants, the time has come. Take a deep breath. Remain calm. The nation is behind you. Go out there and do your best! Best wishes!

- Dr Reginah Mhaule, Deputy Minister for the Department of Basic Education


President Ramaphosa also wished Matrics well as he said, "The Class of 2020 has had to endure conditions their predecessors never had to confront ... To the Class of 2020, I wish you the very best. You have overcome difficulties that would test the resolve of even the most experienced and hardened adults."

This year will see 1 058 699 individuals sit down to write. This, the President says, "makes this combined examination the largest public exam ever administered in South Africa".

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, along with MEC Panyaza Lesufi were monitoring the start of Matric Exams at Sekano-Ntoane High School in Soweto this morning. 

If you're in Matric and you're full of worries and anxiety about your exams, just remember that this is part of your journey and it doesn’t define the rest of your life.

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