Matric exams running smoothly

OCTOBER 28, 2014

The National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams are in full swing, with the Department of Basic Education saying no major incidents have been reported since the majority of matrics started writing on Monday. 

A total of 128 779 full-time and 23 694 part-time candidates are writing the Accounting exam today. Just over 256 000 full-time and 1400 part-time are also writing the IsiZulu, isiXhosa, SiSwati and isiNdebele exams.

Learners on Monday wrote the first English and Visual Arts papers, signalling the start of the final exams for the majority of learners. The examinations kicked off on Monday, 20 October, as 41 674 candidates sat for the Computer Applications Technology (CAT) exam.

About 550 127 full-time candidates and 138 533 part-time candidates have registered to write the 2014 NSC examinations.

“Learners across a marginal number of centres in the Western Cape had a delayed starts, while one experienced the late arrival of learners due to a minor vehicle accident,” the department said.

The department’s spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, said none of the learners were hurt nor adversely affected in the examinations, as they were compensated for the lost time.

He added that events in three KZN centres led to a late start due to community unrest but candidates were afforded the necessary time to complete their examinations. -