Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says it’s all systems go for the writing of the National Senior Certificate exams, on Monday.

Motshekga says over 700 000 learners nationwide, will sit for English Papers in the morning.

During the media briefing on Sunday, the department indicated that all papers for this week have already been delivered to all provinces.

More than 6,000 venues have been allocated to the exams.

The results of the year-end exams will be announced on the 18th of January 2024.

Motshekga says she has confidence in the candidates.

“These figures and I think we can all agree that they’re not mere statistics, they embody the inspiration, dreams and relentless efforts of our Grade 12 learners. They stand as a testament to the resilience of our students and the continuous dedication of the Department of Education in providing them with the platform to succeed”.

Motshekga adds that they’ve beefed up security to prevent possible paper leaks.

“We have been working with the State Security Agency which has audited all these processes and provincial education departments have to follow the operating standard procedures on storage points and follow all the security protocols”.

Meanwhile, more than 66,000 pupils will write the English Papers in the Western Cape.

The exams will be written at 469 centres, and overseen by 1,878 provincial invigilators.

Education MEC David Maynier says he wishes the matrics all the very best.

“You have really put in the extra hours this year, and we are so proud of the effort you have made to invest in your own future. We know that this will be a very stressful time for you, but remember that this is the last stretch, so keep your head down, work hard, and above all, do your very best. We are here for you, we will support you, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you when the results are released next year”.