Thousands of matric learners are eagerly anticipating the beginning of the end of their high school careers.

On Monday, more than 73 000 matriculants in the Western Cape are set to put pen to paper for the final exams.

All the pupils will be sitting to write the English – language in context – exam then.

Written exams will run from Monday until early December – and results are expected to be announced in mid-January.

Provincial Education MEC, David Maynier, has encouraged learners to work hard and not lose hope.

“To the Class of 2022: you have worked hard to get to this point, and you are nearly over the finish line, so don’t give up now. Do your very best, not for your teachers or your parents or the province, but for yourself, because your future is in your hands. We believe in you, and we look forward to celebrating your success in January!”

The department is also calling on residents, organisations and businesses to ensure that the final exams continue without a hitch.

Maynier says it’s crucial that there are no disruptions.

While rolling blackouts are a hurdle, the MEC says it’s most likely to have little effect on the written exams.

“Load shedding is less of an issue for the written exams, as venues are required to have natural light, and if there are any problems, learners can be shifted to another venue to write… Of course, with exams of this scale, it is crucial that we do not face any disruptions. We appeal to you all not to compromise our matrics’ chances in any way.”