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NSC Examination

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National Senior Certificate (NSC)

The National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations commonly referred to as “matric” has become an annual event of major public significance

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DG Engagements

DG Mweli's provincial engagements

Second Round of 2017

Diverting his energies to ensure that the trajectory of a “system on the rise” is upheld throughout the education system, Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, the Director-General of Basic Education took to the provinces on the second round of provincial engagements in August 2017..

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