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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World Teachers’ Day is celebrated across the planet today.

The Western Cape Education Department says it will use the whole month of October  to celebrate the province’s teachers.

Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer says teachers need to be acknowledged for the important role they play in the development and growth of any society.

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