Class of 2011: The Moment Has Arrived
Media Statement by Donald Grant, Minister of Education
Tomorrow, thousands of Grade 12 learners will experience the last day of their school career before they begin writing their National Senior Certificate examinations.
Their time to shine and make themselves and the Western Cape proud has now finally arrived and I would like to wish each candidate the best of luck throughout the examination process.
We are confident in the Class of 2011 and their abilities. They have worked hard and have remained focused throughout the school year. We are especially pleased with the enthusiasm shown in our Grade 12 programmes. This year we saw a marked increase in attendance at our tutoring and telematics programmes and holiday schools.
Now all we can hope for is that that their hard work translates into good results.
On Monday, the first examination will take place. Around 9 000 learners will sit down to complete the Computer Applications Technology Practical examination.
The first of the written examinations will take place on Monday, 24 October, with English First Additional Language, Home Language and Second Language. The last of the scheduled exams will be written on Thursday, 1 December, with Religious Studies Paper 2 and Design.
Results are expected to be released on Thursday, 5 January 2011.
We understand that this is a very stressful and emotional time for all the candidates.
Candidates feeling anxious and stressed can phone the WCED's Safe Schools Call Centre for support. The toll-free number is 0800 45 46 47. Principals and their staff will also be on the lookout for anyone needing special support.
Parents and candidates can speak to their school principal if the candidates concerned need special support. Our school psychologists and social workers in every district and circuit are on standby to provide counselling support, as required.
Finally, I would like to caution our candidates to behave in a responsible manner during this period. Many of the candidates will be celebrating the end of their school career and individual exams.
We appeal that they celebrate responsibly and also to exercise extreme caution while driving.
Spokesperson for Minister Grant
Cell: 072 724 1422
Tel: 021 467 2377