THE matric final exams got off to a smooth start around the country yesterday as pupils sat for their English home and first additional language papers, with some Nelson Mandela Bay pupils saying the exam was not as tough as they had anticipated.
More than 80000 Eastern Cape pupils – 14203 for the home language and 67365 for the first additional language – sat for the exams. One pupil in the province wrote the second additional language paper.
Department spokesman Malibongwe Mtima said there had been no reported incidents thus far, except for service delivery protests in Ngqamakhwe, in the Transkei, which had threatened to mar the first paper.
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