FS students meet SA's ambassador in Portugal

Matrics get inspired by their seniors meeting with SA's Portugal embassador

With just under a month left before the start of National Senior Certificate examinations for grade 12s, learners and educators alike have started to ensure that all is in order for these important exams. Dumelang News caught up with Nontuthuzelo Sebaka, an 18-year-old girl from Springfontein High School who shared her readiness for the exams.
“I am looking forward to writing the exams and I must say that I have studied very hard and ensured that I make use of all the resources that have been made available to me.
 I do not want to regret anything next year when everybody will be celebrating their results and possibly enjoying the benefits that comes with it like studying abroad with the sponsorship from the Free State provincial government,” she said.
On the note of studying abroad, for the first time since they left for Portugal’s island Madeira in Rebeira Brava to pursue internships, about 10 students from the Free State received an unexpected visit from the SA’s Ambassador, Ambassador Mmamokoena Gaoretelelwe.
According to one of the students, Mosa Mathubanyana, who wrote to Dumelang News from Portugal, the ambassador’s visit was to check on them and see how they are settling in.
“She told us that it was important for us to be settling in well because that would mean that we would represent South Africa and the Free State well,” said Mathubanyana.
She added that Gaoretelelwe urged them to ensure that they stayed focus on their tasks at hand and avoided anything that may destract them in being the best that they can be.
Another student who also met Gaoretelelwe was Refiloe Dichaba from Bultfontein. She also echoed the importance of staying focus and being proud of where they come from and also learn about their current expeditions.
These are some of the opportunities that the class of grade 12 this year can look forward to once they have achieved the expected results.
According to the Department of Basic Education, registration of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations Centres and candidates has been completed and final verification of the data is currently underway, question papers have been set and externally moderated. There are 636,814 registered full-time and 161,475 part-time candidates in the 2017 examinations; 37,000 less than 2016 in terms of full-time enrolment.
KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have the largest enrolments again with 169,023 and 112,164 respectively. Limpopo has 110,639 while Eastern Cape registered 92,755 candidates for the 2017 exams. To avert the leakage of 2017 question papers, all 212 storage points across the country have been audited to ensure compliance with the minimum security standards. Storage points that do not comply will not be allowed to store question papers.
The Director for Examinations, Ms Priscilla Ogunbanjo, told the Portfolio Committee that the education sector had adopted a principle of "just-in-time" printing to reduce the risk of storing printed question papers for too long in provinces.
Meanwhile, MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe, has urged learners to exceed last year’s 93 percent pass results. He spoke to Dumelang News on the sidelines of launching the elections for school governing bodies last week in Thaba Nchu.

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