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The MEC for Education in Gauteng, Mr Panyaza Lesufi expresses sincere gratitude to all officials who oversaw the successful 2018 NSC Examination process. Heartfelt congratulations to all our learners, educators and staff for a job well done during the exams; and we applaud all educators for the hard work they have put in during the year.

Tomorrow, 28 November 2018, marks the last day of the National Senior Certificate examinations, which concludes with Agricultural Management Practices at 09:00 and Design at 14:00.

For the first time in many years, the department experienced one major irregularity, wherein the Principal of Mpontsheng Secondary School in Katlehong, walked into a matric exam center and allegedly gave pupils the answers to the Geography Paper 1. The incident was reported to Umalusi and the principal was immediately removed as invigilator and subsequently placed on precautionary transfer to the district office. The principal is facing a disciplinary process, the outcome of which, will be communicated in due course.

The department supports Umalusi’s decision that learners in the implicated school should rewrite their Geography P1, so that the integrity of the exam is not compromised. The affected learners will rewrite their rescheduled paper on Thursday, 29 November 2018.

This year, more than 107 258 full-time candidates and 43 061 part-time candidates Grade 12 learners across the Gauteng province successfully commenced their main National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination on Monday, 22 October 2018. This is a slight increase of 229 candidates as compared to the number of candidates in 2017.

Learners wrote a total of 147 Grade 12 papers in approximately 1004 centers across 15 Gauteng Districts.

All our marking centers are geared and ready to commence on 1 December and will be concluded by the 15 December 2018. We wish all 9509 appointed markers well during this period of marking.

Gauteng Province did everything possible to ensure that learners are given the best possible advantage to do well in these examinations. These include the Secondary School Improvement Program (SSIP), the Matric Revision Camps and subject specific interventions throughout the year.

“This is to encourage learners to actively seek and participate in skills development programs such as job shadowing, internships, and more, rather than engaging in unsafe sex and alcohol binge. We urge learners to stay away from parties that may harm their careers forever,” says MEC Lesufi.

The Minister of Basic Education Mrs Angie Motshekga will release the 2018 NSC Examination results on the evening of Thursday 03 January 2019. However, candidates will be able to access their results from Friday 04 January 2019, at their school, and or, exam centers.

The department understands that post exam anxiety and stress is likely to set in among some learners and hereby reminds learners in distress to contact Child line on their toll-free 0800 055 555 or 011 645 2000 (during working hours) for counselling assistance. Parents and members of the community are also urged to use these contact details for learner support.

We wish all our learners the very best of luck and success, and with all the hard work they have put in, we trust that they will make themselves, their families and the department very proud!

Late Online Applications for Grade 1 and 8 for 2019

Parents who have not yet applied for admission of their children that will be going to Grade 1 and/or Grade 8 in the 2019 academic year, are urged to apply ONLINE from, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 at 09:00 to 7 January 2019. Parents must log on to to apply online for Grade 1 and 8.

Late applications are only limited to schools that are not full. It is advisable for parents to be careful when selecting their schools. Upon completion of the application, documents must be submitted to the school immediately and as such, placements will only be confirmed once the required documents are submitted within seven days.

During the December recess, from 12 December 2018 to 7 January 2019, the Online Application System will be live and operating automatically. No officials will be available at the back end to assist with applications; however, online video tutorials and the step-by-step guide are available on the admissions site to remind parents how to apply.

It is paramount to note that, as soon as documents are submitted and system update accordingly, a parent will receive an SMS specifying the school where the child is placed. No appeals will be allowed during the late application process.

Applicants who applied during the Application Period (16 April 2018 to 28 May 2018) will not be able to apply for Late Applications.

Despite numerous attempts to interact with parents who did not submit documents, it is concerning that about 17 445 have still not submitted their documents and remain unplaced.

Areas in the Johannesburg Central, Johannesburg East and Tshwane South Districts continue to experience placement challenges where schools have reached capacity and are unable to place additional learners.

To date, 944 of 2013 schools with Grade 1 and 8 entry grades across the 15 Districts in the Province have reached capacity and are not available for Late Applications. 1069 of 2013 Schools with available space across the Province will be open for Late Applications. The list of schools with available space will be published on the GDE Website for parents to peruse.

For further queries, please contact us:
The GDE call centre number is 0800 000 789. Alternatively, kindly forward an email to Admissions.Hotline

For more information, contact the Gauteng Department of Education’s Spokesperson, Steve Mabona on 072 574 3860.

Issued by the Gauteng Department of Education

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