Mr Nkosiphendule Ntantala, President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), extends well-wishes to the “Class of 2018” on the commencement of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination.

The 2018 NSC examinations began on Monday 15 October when some candidates sat for Computer Applications Technology (CAT). Others will write Information Technology (IT) on the 16 October. The majority of the Full-Time and Part-Time candidates will officially begin their examinations on Tuesday, 23 October 2018.

George Washington once said, “Master your thoughts in order to master your environment and your circumstances”. It is in this spirit that NAPTOSA encourages the Grade 12 learners to master their thoughts as they sit for the end of year examinations. These examinations inevitably determine their lifelong career options. NAPTOSA is behind you, cheering you on to the finish line. You might be feeling stressed, overwhelmed and tired – we understand that, but keep going. Give it everything you’ve got – you’re nearly there, and know that whatever happens next, you’ve got what it takes for an amazing life. Avoid time wasters that might interfere with your state of readiness to write these exams, said Mr Ntantala.

Furthermore, NAPTOSA wishes to remind all grade 12 learners that education is indeed the greatest equaliser and that it is in your hands to create the best possible future, regardless of your background. As you sit down to write your examination, you owe it to yourself to work hard and to do your best. We are confident that you’ll make us, your parents, our country, and most importantly yourself proud, said Mr Ntantala. 

NAPTOSA calls upon parents to support their children during their examination period.  Parents should see where they can help by temporarily relieving their children of time-consuming home responsibilities. A positive, encouraging, ‘can-do’ messages may be helpful. Acknowledging their children’s efforts can go a long way in affirming their ability to do well. They should encourage their children to maintain healthy eating habits and to find time for physical exercise as it is one scientifically proven way to improve mental health, said Mr Ntantala.

NAPTOSA would be amiss if it did not also acknowledge all the Examination Directorates, Nationally and Provincially as well as the Umalusi officials who will manage the 2018 NSC examination. Their unrelenting contribution toward the NSC examination is recognised and appreciated. NAPTOSA wishes to thank teachers for the encouragement and support they have given to learners throughout the years to reach this milestone.

In conclusion NAPTOSA wishes to encourage all learners and officials at all levels and processes of the examination to act with integrity and not compromise the credibility of the NSC examination.