Pretoria - As the National Senior Certificate [matric] examinations kick off on Monday across South Africa, the governing African National Congress (ANC) sent out well wishes to the Class of 2018, and also appealed for families to support the learners.
"This assessment is a culmination of many years of hard work and dedication by the learners, educators and administrators alike and we wish them the best of luck during this important time," said ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe.
"The 2018 National Senior Certificate examination is another large examination comprising a total of 796,542 candidates, writing the examination across 6,888 examination centres throughout the country."
The governing party also commended the Department of Basic Education which will, for the first time, administer an examination in South African Sign Language at Home Language level to 58 deaf candidates across 10 schools.
"We call on the department to leave no stone unturned in ensuring a credible and integrous NSC examination. Our nation's expectations on the Class of 2018 remain high as the learners seek to emulate and even surpass the achievements their predecessors," said Mabe.