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The North West Education and Sport Development department will hold a Provincial Prayer for the final examinations at Great Grace Church, Mmabatho at Unit 15 near Mafikeng on Friday, 19 October 2018 at 10:00.

The province is ready to embark on a final examination in all Grades and the department has confirmed that there are 40 322 candidates for Grade 12 with 422 examination centres. Officially in the province the examination will start on 24 October with English whilst CAT and IT practical examinations were written on 15 and 16 October 2018. The last paper will be written on 28 November at 14:00 when 24 candidates will be writing the Design subject.

On the 12 October 2018, the Grade 12 learners across the province accompanied by their parents participated in the Pledge Signing ceremony. The learners committed during pledge signing that they will not be involved in any irregularity during the examinations.

MEC Sello Lehari is optimistic that the final examination process will be a success in the province and learners will perform exceptionally well.

"During the Pledge Signing ceremony I told the Grade 12 learners that they should not be afraid of the examinations because our teachers have done their part in preparing them. Our target for this year as a province is 85% for the matric examinations and if we achieve position one that will be a bonus. We are ready for the examinations because we have trained the Chief Invigilators together with the Invigilators in August 2018 on how to handle the examination process”, said MEC Lehari.

MEC Lehari further said that, everything has been done by the teachers, now the department invites the divine intervention to guide all learners during the examinations by holding the provincial prayer. The department has invited members of different churches to attend the Provincial Prayer.

The Provincial Prayer will be held as follows:

Time:  10:00am

Date:   Friday, 19 October 2018

Venue:   Great Grace Church, Mmabatho at Unit 15

Members of the media are invited to cover this event.