The first day of the preliminary examin ations runs smooth for the 38 310 Grade 12 learners across the North West province.
The department regards the Preliminary examinations as a major assessment tool for the Grade 12 learners and will play an important role in the School Based Assessment marks.
The 2020 academic year was engulfed by long school breaks posed by Covid-19. That reduced the contact time between learners and teachers.
The long school breaks couldn’t discourage learners from attending school and many schools have completed their syllabus.
The media unit interviewed Paseka Molefe who is the school principal for Letsatsing Science High School in Mahikeng to hear about their preparations for the examinations.
“I am very much confident that our learners would make us exceptionally proud this year irrespective of the Covid-19. In our school we have been working on revision and that will assist our learners to know on which areas need special focus”, said Molefe.
The media unit also spoke to Kelebogile Motshidi an 18 years old Grade 12 learner from Kebonang Secondary school in Mahikeng.
“I wrote well my first paper of English although I was nervous. We have finished the syllabus in all our subjects and l believe that we will pass the examinations”, Motshili echoed.
The Department’s political head, MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela thanked the communities for the smooth running of the examinations.
“On behalf of the department l would like to thank our communities for the smooth running of the examinations on the first day. I am optimistic that learners will finish their examinations without any disruptions. We have tightened all processes for the question papers not to be leaked, right from printing until to the school level. We have contracted the private securities to the storage point.
“I want to encourage our learners to continue to work very hard now that we are closer to the finishing line. Learners should ensure that they collect the marks of the Preliminary examinations as they will be added in their results at the end of the year”, said MEC Matsemela.
The Preliminary examinations will be concluded on 02 October 2020 with the writing of Economics P2.The Grade 12 learners will write their final examinations from 05 November 2020 until 15 December 2020 and marking will start on 03 January 2021 – North West Department of Education.