With the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations having concluded last Wednesday with 353 learners who wrote Agricultural Management Practices, the Department of Education is pleased to have administered incident and irregularity free exams.
Marking of scripts for the 96 831 full time candidates and 29 239 part time candidates commenced on Saturday and it was learnt that 5 413 markers were appointed at 22 marking centres with the anticipated completion of the process by or before 14 December.
Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe reportedly said in a press statement that for a second consecutive years the department administered another credible examination, all because of the hard working officials, disciplined learners, dedicated educators and committed school governing bodies.
“Equally important is the support we received from parents, traditional leaders, our social partners and the faith based organisations that never forgot to pray for the department throughout the academic year. Accordingly, the department is pleased and satisfied as there were no irregularities that undermined the credibility and integrity of the 2018 NSC examinations,” Kgetjepe stated.
He urged all learners across the province not to associate the end of examinations with parties, popularly known as ‘Pens Down Parties’. The call by the department is for learners to use their time wisely by reflecting on their academic journey and plot a proper way forward in as far as 2019 academic year is concerned. Kgetjepe also encouraged parents to discourage any participation by their children in these parties and to know at all given time where their children are.
“We want our learners to wait for the results of their hard work and we want them to also know that part of growing up include taking responsible decisions of self-restraint so that they nurture themselves into future leaders of communities,” he said and concluded by saying the department wants the results to find every learner in a good state of mind and health.
Story: ENDY SENYATSI