Minister Pleads For No Disruptions During Mid-Year Matric Exams


A total of 36 379 registered candidates have started writing for their 2022 May/June National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams. With the mid-year exams kicking off on Monday 9 May, the pressure is on for candidates looking to better their marks.


As mid-year exams have started across examination centres in the country, Western Cape Education Department (WCED) hopes for no distractions for its writing candidates.

In a statement, WCED Minister Debbie Schäfer said: 

Of these, 13 853 are adults and out-of-school young people writing the Senior Certificate, while 22 526 are writing the NSC in a part-time capacity to either improve their marks or complete their qualifications.

The candidates are adults above the age of 21 years and have completed a minimum of Grade 7 or ABET Level IV.

Department of Basic Education (DBE) spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the NSC candidates wrote their exam in 2021 and in previous years but did not attain the full requirements of the qualification.

The examinations kicked off with a selection of languages with lower enrolment in the morning, followed by English Home Language, First Additional Language, and Second Additional Language (all Paper 1) in the afternoon.

According to the department, the exams will end with Business Studies Paper 2 on 23 June 2022.  The department has confirmed that there are approximately 900 invigilators at the Western Cape 174 exam centres.

During the 2021 November NSC exam, there had been minimal disruptions. Schäfer has appealed to residents of the Western Cape to make sure that there are no disruptions that’ll prevent the exam candidates from achieving their best possible results. 





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