Thursday, October 27, 2022

More than 73 800 candidates in the Western Cape to sit down for their final NSC exams

More than 73 800 candidates in the Western Cape will sit down for their final National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams.

Out of the 923 460 candidates writing the NSC exams, nationally, 73 846 candidates will write in the Western Cape. Of these, 62 361 are full-time candidates, and 11 485 are part-time candidates.

The Class of 2022 will begin with English Home Language, First Additional Language, and Second Additional Language, with 64 824 will write in the morning session. 124 papers are written over the exam period, which ends on 6 December with Agriculture Technology. The bulk of these candidates however will end with Afrikaans Paper 3 (Creative Writing) on Friday, 2 December.

Close to 12 000 candidates wrote their practical exams on Tuesday and Wednesday.

‘’We are pleased that our practical exams were completed without incident this week, despite load shedding concerns. Load shedding is less of an issue for the written exams, as venues are required to have natural light, and if there are any problems, learners can be shifted to another venue to write. Our districts monitor the situation closely and deal with any problems that arise on a case by case basis,’’ said Education MEC, David Maynier.

The WCED said the subject with the largest number of candidates writing is Mathematical Literacy, with 49 672 candidates writing Paper 1 on 4 November 2022, and Paper 2 on 7 November 2022

In contrast, seven subjects have a single candidate writing in our province: Hebrew Second Additional Language, IsiZulu Home Language, Latin Second Additional Language, Sepedi First Additional Language, Sepedi Home Language, Sesotho First Additional Language, and Sport and Exercise Science.

The exams in the province will be overseen by 1 889 invigilators at 478 examination centres. 870 000 answer scripts will then be marked by 3 313 markers at 11 marking centres. The WCED said the invigilators and the markers received training during October.

MEC David Maynier urged citizens and organisations not to disrupt the Class of 2022, when writing

‘’With exams of this scale, it is crucial that we not face any disruptions. We appeal to all social organisations, political groups and communities to ensure that exams can take place without disruption, and not to compromise our matrics’ chances in any way. Our matrics must be our province’s VIPs for the duration of the exams.’’

Maynier wished the ClassOf2022 well for their final school exams.

‘’To the Class of 2022: you have worked hard to get to this point, and you are nearly over the finish line, so don’t give up now. Do your very best, not for your teachers or your parents or the province, but for yourself, because your future is in your hands.’’

‘’We believe in you, and we look forward to celebrating your success in January!,’’ he added.

The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will announce the national results on Thursday, 19 January 2023, and individual results will be available at schools and online on Friday, 20 January 2023.


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Done By: Mitchum George

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