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Matric pupils put pen to paper in the first of their National Senior Certificate exams on Monday.
The exam went off without a hitch, aside from public transport delays which caused some pupils to rush in minutes before the scheduled start.
The 48 000 full-time candidates in the Western Cape wrote the English Language paper, either as home language, first additional or second additional language.
Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant visited Gardens Commercial High School, where 112 matrics had just completed their exam. “Please remember to pace yourself. Allow time to rest and to study,” he said.
Principal Pieter Janse van Rensburg said transport delays were a concern.
“Some pupils travel here from as far as Atlantis.”
Grant assured the class that Transport MEC Robin Carlisle would instruct public transport organisations to “pull up their socks”.
Shakiera Kalam, 18, said: “The grammar section was the most difficult. Parts of speech is something I always struggle with.”
English teacher Vanessa Fisher said most of her pupils struggled with the grammar section.
The exams continue until November 29.
Results are due to be released on January 7.