Home | Media Releases Index page

Media Release

13 October, 2002

Minister wishes candidates well on 2002 matric exams

Statement by André Gaum, Western Cape Education Minister

A total of  42 268  full-time learners in the Western Cape will start writing the 2002 Senior Certificate examinations in earnest on Monday, 14 October.

The total number of full-time candidates in the province has increased by 795 this year, from 41 473 in 2001.

While some candidates wrote practical papers in Computer Studies on 19 and 20 September, the main examination period will begin on Monday, 14 October, with English First Language papers on the Standard and Higher grades.

The final paper to be written during the six-week examination period will be Maritime Studies B Standard Grade Paper Two (Sea-going) on 22 November.

A total of 13 684 part-time and private candidates have also registered for the examinations, bringing the total number of candidates writing the 2002 Senior Certificate examinations to 56 152.

They will write a total of 190 papers in subjects ranging from Physiology and Dance to Metalworking and Statute Law, in addition to "mainline" subjects such as Mathematics, Physical Science, Biology, History, Geography and various languages.

My department is well prepared for the examinations. Security arrangements include 24-hour camera surveillance of strong rooms and stringent access control.

We are satisfied that we have done everything possible to ensure the smooth running of the 2002 examinations.

I together with my department wish every candidate every success in the 2002 exams. Our learners have worked hard to reach this point. Our candidates have our fullest support.

Media inquiries:
Ruhan Robbertze
Cell: 082 577 6551
 return to: Home | Media Releases Index page