2018 matric exams kick off

Matric learners from around Bloemfontein listen attentively to speeches during the pledging ceremony at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre held last Friday. PHOTO: SAZLY HARTZENBERG

On Monday, 15 October 2018, the first practical examinations in Computer Applications Technology (CAT), which is part of the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination, will be administered to 37 340 learners.

This will be followed by the practical examination for Information Technology that will be administered to 4 170 candidates on Tuesday, 16 October 2018. The 2018 NSC examination will get off to a full start on Monday, 22 October 2018 with the writing of the examination in the Non-Official Languages.

The 2018 NSC examination is another large examination comprising a total of 796 542 candidates writing the examination across 6 888 examination centres in the country. The number of full-time candidates is 629 141 and the number of part time candidates is 167 401.

A big first for the Department of Basic Education, is that this year it will be administering an examination in South African Sign Language at Home Language level to 58 deaf candidates across ten schools. The question papers will be signed and learners will respond by signing and this will be recorded using the appropriate technology.

Meanwhile, Free State Education MEC, Tate Makgoe, attended a prayer service for students in Bloemfontein on Sunday, where he wished them luck ahead of the exams period.

The examinations extend over five and half weeks and will conclude on 28 November 2018. – Seithati Semenokane