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All systems go for class of 2013

More than 700,000 matriculates across South Africa are expected to write English Paper 1 today.

FILE: Matrics in action. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The pressure is on for the matric class of 2013 as they begin their final exams this morning.

More than 700,000 matriculants across South Africa will be writing English Paper 1.

The Department of Basic Education says it's all systems go and they fully believe in the class of 2013.

Some matriculants say they are as ready as they can be.

"You never feel you've done enough, but I know I've done all I can," said one.

Another said, "Of course there will be nerves as there is pressure from parents and friends to perform."

While one said, "I know I studied to the best of my ability and I'm ready."

Last year's matric class received a pass rate of 75.7 percent.

The ANC says it expects this year's class to surpass the results of previous classes.

The party's Keith Khoza said, "We wish them well in their exams because we believe education is central to the development of the country. As they enter this phase we want them to approach it with seriousness and commitment."

BEKKERSDAL

Bekkersdal pupils say they're relieved they've been removed from their volatile area to study.

Over the past few weeks, residents of Bekkersdal on Gauteng's West Rand have been demonstrating over poor service delivery and are demanding the municipality be dissolved.

The violent protests have disrupted schools, seen residents vandalising property, looting shops and blockading roads.

The Gauteng Education Department busses scores of matric pupils to an undisclosed location yesterday to complete their exams without disruptions.

CAPE TOWN

More than 48,000 pupils will be writing in the Western Cape.

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant says the department is satisfied schools in the province are well prepared for their exams.

"I just hope that the candidates conduct themselves to the best of their ability."

Grant has also warned pupils not to cheat during the exam as there will be consequences.

"The penalties are severe. If caught cheating, their exam would be declared null and void. There's also a penalty whereby pupils can be precluded from writing for up to three years."

The exams are set to finish at the end of November.

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