The Western Cape Education Department says the first exams went off without any major problems.

Thousands of matriculants wrote English Paper 1, on Monday 31 October- and on Tuesday, Economics Paper 1 will be written.

The exams will conclude in December.

Education MEC, David Maynier, says he’s grateful to all those involved in ensuring that the process runs smoothly.

“We thank the people of the Western Cape for their assistance in not disrupting proceedings so far, and appeal to all residents to make our matrics the VIPs of our province for the next few weeks while they complete the exams”.

Teacher unions in the province are appealing to parents and guardians to give matriculants support during their final exams.

Sadtu provincial secretary, Jonovan Rustin, has encouraged pupils to focus on their studies for this final stretch.

“They need to concentrate on the contents they’ve studied, the ones they’ve learned throughout the year. Learners need to be calm during the exams, try to sleep early, don’t panic, and be positive that they will be successful”.

Naptosa’s provincial CEO, David Miller, says they believe that the class of 2022 is well prepared.

“You have been in training for 12 years, your teachers have prepared you well, now it’s up to you to run your race and to succeed. Anything is possible. Leave your next six to seven weeks in crescendo. Naptosa wishes you well as you start your successful journey and you remain in our prayers”.