The North West Department of Education can confirm that preliminary examinations started on Monday, 29 August 2022, with no incidents reported.
The province has registered 43 485 candidates to sit for preliminaries, including part-time candidates.
So far, seven papers have been written, with the eighth paper being Computer Applications Technology to be written this afternoon.
Currently, candidates are sitting for Agricultural Science.
The department has since prepared learners throughout the year, with some subjects complete and others already in the revision programme.
Since the beginning of the academic year, they have assisted learners with additional supplementary Saturday tutoring for Maths, Physical Science, Life Science, Geography, and Accounting lessons given to enhance question answering skills.
Another measure will be the holding of spring camps, which is customary to the North West Department of Education to assist learners in bridging the content gap in all subjects.
A telecommunications forum, Dial-a-tutor, is also available where learners engage with subject advisors on their problematic areas of learning.
MEC for education in the North West province Mmaphefo Matsemela is pleased with the progress so far.
“ I am pleased that despite a hectic start to our academic year in the province where some schools were burnt, we rose above the challenge and continued with our mandate of teaching and learning, said MEC.
“Our candidates have been doing well with the papers so far with no incidents reported, and we take this time to also thank the community for allowing learners to write while pleading with our community to continue to assist us in holding incident-free examinations.
“Most of the schools are done with the syllabus and are administering revision classes.
“Spring camps are also going to be run to bridge the content gap and apply all other mechanisms to ensure our learners are better prepared”, expressed Matsemela.
Preparatory examinations will run for a month and conclude on Friday, 23 September 2022.