All systems go for final matric exams, says Basic Education Dept

The Department of Basic Education says it’s ready to roll out the 2018 National Senior Certificate examinations in two weeks time.

It’s briefed Parliament’s Basic Education Portfolio Committee on plans to ensure smooth operations at 8 000 exam centres nationwide.

The department has vowed that students will be able to write their exams safely without any interruptions, reports EWN's Kevin Brandt.

The Education Department says it's in talks with police and other authorities to ensure safety at exam venues in communities where there have been ongoing protests.

The department has apparently made provisions for alternative venues and increased security in some areas across the country.

The final grade 12 exams are set to start on 22 October.

Close to 800 000 learners will sit for the National Senior Certificate exams.

The department says they are in negotiations with the Saps and other law enforcement agencies because of the protest action that's currently prevalent in big metros across the country.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

They want to make sure that exams take place when students come to write.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

They have identified hotspot areas in some communities, saying that they've arranged for alternative venues.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

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