JC, noun

Forms:
Also J.C.
Origin:
Initial letters of Junior Certificate.
historical, colloquial
a. The Junior Certificate examination, an external (school-leaving) examination taken, in the past, at the end of the Standard Eight year (the tenth year of schooling); Junior Certificate sense a. b. The certificate or qualification so gained; Junior Certificate sense b. c. By metonymy: The Standard Eight year. Also attributive.
1939 J. Ludus in Outspan 20 Oct. 53Why ‘shrink back appalled’ because a J.C. question paper cannot be answered off-hand by ‘an English university graduate of some 16 years standing’?
1957 Pietersburg Eng. Medium School Mag. Dec. 85Anthony left us at the end of 1956 having obtained his J.C. and followed in his two elder brothers’ footsteps by going to the Air Force.
1962 M.G. McCoy Informant, Port ElizabethShe starts exams tomorrow, the J.C. trials I presume.
1976 M. Tholo in C. Hermer Diary of Maria Tholo (1980) 110The oldest two were in Matric, another one in J.C. and the baby in Standard 2.
1981 Rand Daily Mail 3 Apr. 3It could be the end of the JC exam. The phasing out of the Standard 8 examination in black schools from 1982 is to be investigated.
1982 M. Mzamane Children of Soweto 8Kgopo’s two daughters had dropped out of school after several unsuccessful attempts at J.C.
1987 S. Van der Merwe in New Nation 23 Apr. 11Did very well in JC — to become a good factory labourer.
1990 Tribute Sept. 139‘She probably doesn’t even have JC,’ I’d think, saying nothing, so angry I’d sometimes almost feel her neck in my slowly squeezing hands.
The Junior Certificate examination, an external (school-leaving) examination taken, in the past, at the end of the Standard Eight year (the tenth year of schooling); Junior Certificatea.
The certificate or qualification so gained; Junior Certificateb.
By metonymy: The Standard Eight year. Also attributive.
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