The Western Cape Department of Education says the first day of the 2021 Matric-examinations kicked off without any disruptions this week.

More than 63,000 Grade 12s sat for English paper one at the province’s examination centers yesterday.

Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer says her department is monitoring the situation on the ground.

Schäfer expressed her concern after Eskom announced the implementation of stage 4 loadshedding yesterday.

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The group of Western Cape matriculants, who this year will sit for the Marine Sciences examinations, will be the first in the country and Africa to write exams in this subject.

Western Cape Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer says the subject was introduced as a pilot-project at three of the province’s schools in 2019.

She says the subject is taught in partnership with the Two Oceans Aquarium.

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The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) says it has made numerous resources available to help matriculants prepare for their end-of-year examinations.

Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer says with exams kicking off on the 27th of October, it is crucial that Grade 12s spend as much as possible time revising their work in preparation for the exams.

Schäfer urges Matriculants to access the WCED’s online-platforms to do their revision.

Access the ePortal here: https://wcedeportal.co.za/

Access the Telematics programme here: https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/edumedia/telematic-schools-project

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The Western Cape Education Department encouraged matriculants, over the age of 18, to get their Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible.

The WCED says if pupils get their injection this week still they would have two weeks to build up their immunity before the exams kick off.

This year’s matric examinations will start on 27 October 2021.

Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer says it’s important that Grade 12s keep themselves safe as they near the examinations.

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