Media release

Government wishes matric well in exams

29 October 2023

Government wishes the Class of 2023 success in the National Senior Certificate examinations which commences tomorrow (30th October 2023). Over 717 377 full time candidates, 181 143 part-time candidates in the public education system alone are registered to write the final examinations across 6,898 centres nationwide. At the end of this examination period, the Class of 2023 will have collectively written 207 exam papers.

Minister in The Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, said: “We are confident of the work the Department of Basic Education, schools management, and educators have done to prepare this Class for their final exams. We are also confident that the learners (both in public and private education schools) are ready and have prepared for this crucial examination period. As we wish the Class of 2023 all the best, we take this opportunity to remind them that it is their determination and hard work that will yield positive results. Government calls on parents, guardians, and society as whole, to support these learners as they get tested to become future leaders and impactful role-players in communities.”

Government urges parents and guardians to play a supportive role in their children’s academic journey and create a stress-free environment for studying. It is common for learners to feel anxious or overwhelmed during this time and learners are advised to talk to the parents, teachers, someone they trust or contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group on 0800 567 567.

Whereas the President is still to address the nation, it is important to emphasise that Monday, 30th October 2023 remains a normal working day. The country has a collective responsibility to ensure that the first day of National Senior Certificate (Matric) examinations are not disrupted. More than 95% of registered matric exam candidates (almost a million learners) will sit for the English additional language paper tomorrow.
Government’s well wishes also extend to the more than 72 500 invigilators in 6898 exam centres, who carry the responsibility of ensuring the integrity of the exams at a coal-face of the examination.

For enquiries contact:

Sipho Mbele
Spokesperson: Minister in The Presidency
Contact: 0836253446

Issued by The Presidency

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