The 2012 National Senior Certificate examination is approaching. The examination will formally start on 22 October 2012 and conclude on 28 November 2012. It is all systems go, and the entire organising framework is in place. The framework assures that provincial education departments adhere to policy directives on handling examination of this magnitude; that there are good monitoring systems; that there are that there are strong moderation systems; and strong security measures in place.
We as the ANC are happy that the Department of Basic Education has set clear target indicators. There are 527 335 full-time and 120 352 part-time candidates registered. The number has gone up by 16 076 learners from 2011 enrolments. Some 264 question papers have been set, 65 000 invigilators have been appointed, 35 000 markers have been appointed and 123 marking centres approved.
We as the ANC take this opportunity to wish the class of 2012 well in their examinations and hope that they will do the country proud. We, the ANC, call upon all South Africans to support these learners as they go through this demanding period in their lives. I thank you. [Applause.]