21 April 2019


Matric examinations get underway in Bokone Bophirima

by: Bayanda Zenzile   date:

In a few days' time 35 397 Grade 12 candidates will be seating for their final examinations in 399 centres across Bokone Bophirima province.

The 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric examinations are scheduled to start on Monday 24 October 2016, with Bokone Bophirima joining in from Wednesday 26 October.

Learners from across the province have been undergoing assessments since last month in preparation for the year-ened exams. In addition to this, more revision programmes such as Spring camps were organised to close all identified gaps during preparations.

Subject specialists will be regular guests on radio stations such as Motsweding FM and North West FM to take learners through past question papers so they may understand how questions are normally asked and they as learners are expected to answer the questions.

Some students voluntarily signed a pledge to avoid exam irregularities last Tuesday.

Examinations will end on Tuesday, 29 November and marking starts on 30 November until days into December. The standardisation by Umalusi - the quality assurance council - will take place on 23 December and results are expected to be released on Thursday 5 January 2017 at a venue to be announced soon.

Bokone Bophirima's MEC for Education and Sport Development, Sello Lehari, said his department is ready to deliver excellent matric examinations. Lehari said he was self-assured that the province did its best to prepare for the exams.

"I am confident with all progress made in preparing our learners for the forthcoming examinations. We rolled out intensive strategies to ensure good results and we envisage no hiccups. Printing of question papers has already been completed and packed for distribution in a secured place," the MEC said.

Lehari said 16 marking venues have been identified for Grade 12 papers. Learners are advised to produce identification documents when entering examination rooms, the same way they did for assessment for exam readiness. Birth certificates and passports are also accepted. Learners who, with valid reasons, do not have any of the three identification documents should be able to be identified by their teachers. An examination number and admission letter in this regard is non-negotiable.

The department wishes the Class of 2016 well in the exams and a great start to their tertiary education next year.