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With only two weeks before the 2018  final  matric examinations start,  a total of 40 322 candidates from 422 examination centres across the province are geared up for the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric examinations that will commence on Wednesday, 24 October 2018.

Out of these total figures, full time candidates add to 34 716 and the part-time are 5 506.

These prospective candidates registered for 25 7974 subjects totalling up to 59 8854 papers to be marked. 

Preparations for all Grade 12 learners to enter examination rooms are underway as well for all Grade 3, 6 and 9 learners.

Prior to the big day, learners were assessed for preparatory examinations from 20 August to 17 September 2018 and further revision programmes such spring camps were structured to close all identified gaps during preparatory exams.

Signing of the pledge against exam irregularities will also take place on Friday, 12 October across all schools in the province for all willing learners before examinations start.

Practical examinations such as Computer Applied Technology (CAT) and Information Technology (IT) will be written on 15 and 16 October respectively.

The North West Department of Education and Sport Development wishes all the best to class of 2018 on their examinations and a great start to their tertiary education for year 2019.

The last examinations paper will be written on 28 November at 14:00 and marking of scripts will commence from 04 to14 December while training of chief markers and internal moderators will take place on 19 October 2018. Training for the rest of the markers will take place on 02 to 04 December.

Umalusi standardisation will take place on 22 December and results are expected to be issued on 04 January 2019 at a venue yet to be announced.

Provincial MEC for North West department of Education and Sport Development, Hon. Sello Lehari expressed confidence with the progress registration in preparing for exams.

“I am confident with all progress registered to prepare our learners for the upcoming examinations.  As a department we rolled out intensive strategies to ensure satisfactory results with and we envisage no hiccups. Already all printing of question papers has been completed and packed for distribution in a 24hourly secured place. All the best to the class of 2018”, Lehari expressed.

MEC Lehari further says 16 marking venues have been identified and audited as well as the structures dealing with irregularities have been established and are functional.

Candidates are advised to produce admission letters. No candidate will be admitted into the examination hall without admission letters upon even sitting.

An examination number and admission letter therefore in this regard is a non-negotiable.