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Spring Schools

DG visits spring break classes

Spring Schools

The closure of schools for the Spring Break offered provinces an ideal opportunity to support learners with revision and consolidation activities (last push) through the “Spring Classes,” before the commencement of the 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination.

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SC(a) Registration

Registration for SC(a) exams open

SC(a) Registration

Adults that qualify to write the 2018 Senior Certificate(amended) examination must register for the examination from 01 October 2017 until 31 January 2018. Candidates may register at any provincial education office (which includes the provincial head office, the district office or a circuit office) OR register online. .

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