More than one million Grade 12 leaners around the country descended to various exam centers to write English Paper 1.

In this year’s Grade 12 examinations learners were compelled to write whilst wearing masks. The number of learners in the examinations classrooms were reduced to comply with the Covid – 19 regulations.

The North West Department of Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela participated in the monitoring the first day of writing the Grade 12 examinations by visiting Sejankabo Secondary school in Mocoseng Village, Mafikeng.

MEC Matsemela roadshow on monitoring the first day of examinations further proceeded to Tetlano Secondary, Mmabatho High and Mafikeng Secondary. During her visit to schools she observed how learners were coping with the examinations.

MEC Matsemela was impressed by first day of the Grade 12 examinations.

“I am truly impressed on how this day unfolded, The determination and commitment displayed by our learners on their first day was amazing. In all the schools l visited, l found them writing and answering all questions as instructed by their teachers. I am optimistic that this examinations will be a success. I also want to thank our teachers for their continued passion and commitment to their work,” said MEC Matsemela.

MEC Matsemela further pleaded with parents to continue to support learners during this critical time.

“I further want to request all parents of learners who are writing now to continue to support learners. Parents should monitor the preparations of the learners. I am confident that this Class of 2020 will make our province proud again”, said MEC Matsemela.

Kamogelo Metsi (19), Grade 12 learner at Sejankabo Secondary school indicated that he has a study group with his classmates, wherein they spend two hours daily assisting each other. He indicated that he want to obtain good marks at the end of the year.

Keotspile Moatlhodi (18), Grade 12 learner from Sejankabo Secondary school emphasised that she wants more marks than those she obtained during the year.

“Next year l want to obtain a Bachelors certificate with 7 distinctions. I want to study law at the University of Cape Town. Now l am ready to claim my future, l can’t wait,” said Moatlhodi.