PORT ELIZABETH - The Eastern Cape education department said it was all systems go for this year's matric trial examinations which kicked off on Wednesday.
Department of Education spokesman Mali Mtima said about 103,216 candidates from 939 public and 50 independent schools would be writing the trial exams until September 16.
Around 4,102 candidates, who were registered for Computer Applications Technology (CAT) and 329 of them registered for Information Technology (IT), wrote their exams on Wednesday.
"We have issued an assessment instruction with the final timetable to all districts and centres in preparation for this examination,” said Mzimhle Mabona, acting chief director for assessment and examinations, for the provincial education department.
Mabona said trial examinations must be treated seriously.