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WC Education Dept gears up for matric exams

This year close to 62,000 full-time candidates and just under 14,000 part-time candidates have registered for the national senior certificate in the Western Cape.

Picture: Pixabay

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is putting the finishing touches to preparations around the final matric exams.

Exams will get underway later this month.

This year close to 62,000 full-time candidates and just under 14,000 part-time candidates have registered for the National Senior Certificate in the Western Cape.

They will write at 462 centres across the province.

Some candidates will start exams on 16 October, with the practical in Computer Application Technology.

Most candidates will start on 24 October with English home language, as well as first and second additional language.

MEC for Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schafer, says that they are ready for the national senior certificate exams.

On Tuesday, Eyewitness News visited the vault where the question papers are sealed and kept under strict security.

Each question paper is printed and packaged in the province and is immediately sealed so that it cannot be tampered with.

“Not even I’m allowed in there. And [the vault] is very, very closely controlled and closely monitored on an ongoing basis. Only people with security clearance are allowed to enter that area in order to try and minimise any possibility of leakages of exam papers,” Schafer explained.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)