Written by on October 31, 2023

Written by: Selaki Ledwaba


The Gauteng Department of Education announced on Wednesday morning that it is pleased with the first day of the National Senior Certificate(NSC). Matric candidates started their NSC exams on Monday the 30th of October 2023.

In a statement the department said a majority of our districts had no issues in facilitating the writing of English Home Language Paper 1 and English First Additional Language Paper 1 on Monday.

Most candidates were present and honoured all rules and regulations as expected.

Gauteng education spokesperson Steve Mabona said, unfortunately not every learner was present at the exam centers at the time of writing. “We have noted a few instances of absenteeism among full-time candidates in our districts. In Tshwane West, a majority of full-time candidates attended. However, about eight candidates approached officials stating that they were not ready to write, two other candidates did not write due to unknown whereabouts, which is concerning. Three other candidates were also hospitalised due to health issues, and were unable to write.” Mabona said in a statement.

However, in Ekhuruleni South, a learner was allegedly found with a cell phone, as a result, the department says the learner’s exam might not be marked. “To this end, we wish to re-emphasise the commitments which candidates vowed to fulfil by having signed the NSC pledge. Candidates are discouraged from transgressing their pledge. Candidates must always adhere to exam rules and regulations to maintain the integrity of the
examinations and their future.“ Mabona added.

The department further said it is urging candidates to take care of their mental health and to reach out to the support structures and resources the department has made available if they might be facing internal difficulties during these exams.

“Despite the first day of exams having gone smoothly in Gauteng, we are devastated by the loss of one candidate who took her own life just before her first exam. We wish to convey our sincerest condolences to her family and the school community at large. Learners are urged to use our available structures to express any issues they are facing, our officials are more than happy to help. Candidates are also encouraged to honour their commitments to these exams and refrain from being absent,” MEC for the Department Matome Chiloane commented.

The support structures include Childline, which can be contacted by dialing 116; and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), which is available on all telephonic and online platforms.

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