The class of 2019 is the "best matric team ever" from the North West, Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela said on Friday, 11 October 2019. She addressed the group saying:
"You are the best group ever. I compared you with the class of 2015 and you are the strongest group. It is possible to make it." Mmaphefo Matsemela, North West Education MEC
North West Education MEC speaks at special event
Matsemela was speaking at a special event at Tshukudu Secondary School in Thekwane, outside Rustenburg. She added: "We can say to Gauteng and the Western Cape, and also the Free State, that we are around the corner."
At least 39,954 Grade 12 candidates would write their final examinations in the North West this year. The province has registered 33,014 full time candidates and 6940 part-time candidates. There would be 16 marking venues across the province.
Security intensified for final exams
At the beginning of the month, Matsemela said security measures had been intensified for the final examinations. She said:
"As a province, we continue to pull all strings to ensure that we intensify security measures in collaboration with the provincial joint operations committee. We want our examination materials to be delivered safely to various storages, examination centres, and to our marking centres." Mmaphefo Matsemela, North West Education MEC
The MEC added:
"We have also trained our invigilators who will be monitoring. We have already appointed a panel to manage and deal with all examination irregularities experienced during the writing of exams." Mmaphefo Matsemela, North West Education MEC
Matric examination dates
The Grade 12 national senior certificate examinations would be written from 23 October until 28 November 2019, with the practical components of computer application technology and information technology carried out on the 16 and 17 October 2019, respectively.
The North West obtained an 81.1 percent pass rate in the 2018 matric results and had finished in the fourth position for two consecutive years.
Matsemela appealed to communities to allow school pupils to write their examination in a peaceful and conducive environment without any disturbance.
By African News Agency (ANA), editing by Jacques Keet