The DBE briefed Parliament on the state of readiness to administer the 2019 final National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations on 10 October 2019. A total of 790,405 candidates will commence with their final NSC Examinations from 15 October to 28 November across 7,416 examination centres nationwide. A further 212 learners will write at correctional facilities.
Basic Education Director-General, Mr Mathanzima Mweli, told members of the Portfolio Committee that the Department will, together with Provincial Education Departments (PEDs), continue to ensure that the Class of 2019 is supported in all areas that warrant attention. “The NSC signifies the culmination of twelve years of teaching and learning. It is the central indicator of the performance of the schooling system and serves a number of purposes, which include entry into Institutions of Higher Education, preparation of learners for the world of work and the development learners for citizenry.”
DG Mweli also informed members of the Portfolio Committee that the Department had employed several strategies to ensure the optimal preparedness of learners to sit for their examination. In addition, appropriate measures have been put in place in the likelihood that community protests cause disruption that lead to examinations not being written, due to candidates not being able to access examination venues. The DBE has engaged security and law enforcement agencies to be on standby for any eventuality that might require their intervention.