Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Tuesday morning addressed Grade 12 learners at Sir John Adamson High School in Ridgeway, South of Johannesburg, moments before they began their English examination. PHOTO: Lindi Masinga/ANA
Johannesburg - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Tuesday thanked Curro for assisting schools that were damaged by severe storms earlier this month, this as matriculants began the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

"I want to thank Curro...where they share exams they will share the facilities if there are problems with the school hall," MEC Lesufi said after engaging with learners from Sir John Adamson High School, south of Johannesburg.

Around 150 000 matriculants in Gauteng began the NSC exams timetable with English Paper One on Tuesday morning.

The MEC urged learners to stay motivated and to dream big as their NSC results had a great impact on their future endeavours. 

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Tuesday Morning ahead of the commencement of the first major National Senior Certificate examination, that it was vital for learners to be motivated in order for them to move the economy. VIDEO: Lindi Masinga/ANA
He further warned them to sway away from the temptation to cheat as it was a "short term solution with severe consequences".

Lesufi added that he had contacted the District Director for information on the situation at Klipspruit West where learning has been disrupted after community protests over the appointment of a black principal.

"I just asked the District Director but she said yesterday they had a prayer session and she felt they were ready and the learners will surprise majority of us." 

African News Agency