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Grade 12 pupils knuckled down to serious business yesterday when they wrote their first paper of the final examinations.
Matric candidates throughout the country started with the first English paper.
At Naledi High School in Soweto, students and teachers were optimistic about the exams.
Chief invigilator and deputy principal at the school, Malepe Matlala, said the first day of examinations went well and there were no problems.
"We have never experienced any problems during exams at our school," Matlala said.
He said he was confident the pupils would do well in their exams.
Matlala said 49 pupils were writing exams at the school.
Willheminah Phofu, 18, said the paper was challenging, but she believed she had done well.
However, Phofu said: "I do not think that I had enough time to study for the entire exam because of the public sector strike."
An enthusiastic Tebogo Manyosi, 21, said that, despite the strike, he was well-prepared for the exams.
Manyosi said he planned to study events management at the University of Johannesburg next year.
Gauteng education spokesman Kate Bapela said the first day of exams had gone smoothly.
"We have not received any bad reports from schools."
Today, the candidates will write the second English paper.