Gallery: Class of 2019 ready to kick off final exams

Learners from various schools attended the pledging ceremony in Bloemfontein this morning. PHOTOS: SAZLY HARTZENBERG

A total of 30 000 full-time Free State Grade 12 learners signed a pledge in Bloemfontein this morning, confirming their commitment to work hard and to uphold honesty and integrity in the upcoming examinations.
In less than a week matric learners right across the country will start their 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. Free State Premier, Sefora Ntombela, delivered the keynote address at the ceremony which was held at Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre earlier today.
Bloemfontein Courant attended the ceremony and spoke to matric learners from various schools to find out how they are feeling about their final exams. Lindiwe de Kok from Kopanong Secondary School says that she is so proud to be at the pledging ceremony as this makes all matrics feel like the province is supporting them.
“I am so ready to write my final exams and we have made a promise to the MEC that as the Free State we will give him a 100% pass rate and I believe that we are going to do just that,” she said confidently.
Another learner, Phahamisang Pakose, from Moemedi High School says that he feels like their school is more than ready for their exams. “Our game plan is to study more and sleep less,” he said.
Bontle Moeti from Tsoseletso High School explained that the past few years their school hasn’t gotten a 100% pass rate but they promise that this year will be different. “Our shirts says ‘The return of the Egyptians’ and this has been a reminder for us right through the year to get that 100%,” she said.
Free State MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe, attended a ceremony at Teto Secondary School in Welkom this morning. The matric results will be released on 7 January 2020. – Sazly Hartzenberg