It's all system go for the 2021 Grade 12 final examinations set to begin on 27 October. Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, gave an update on Friday afternoon on how the department will run the biggest annual examinations in the middle of a COVID-19 pamdemic.
The Department of Basic Education had to push this date forward when it revised the timetable of the 2021 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations due to clashes with the local government elections set for 1 November.
Motshekga said there over 700 000 pupils who will write matric examinations this year. This is the second year Grade 12 exams would be written in the middle of a deadly coronavirus pandemic.
“This year there are 735 677 full-time candidates. This is an increase of 128 451 [learners],” said Motshekga.
This year the public and private schools closed a week earlier when the country was battling the third wave of COVID-19 in July.
The Minister assured stakeholders that the remote learning interventions - with help from the department - have assisted pupils cover the curriculum despite the disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
“You will recall that the Class of 2021 had to navigate a complex and hazardous terrain to arrive at this final examination. This is the Grade 11 Class of 2020 that did not complete their curriculum, but through the sheer hard work and dedication of our teachers, they have been able to cover the entire curriculum of 2021. And they even had enough time to do revisions,” said Motshekga.
The Education department said it would ensure that all COVID-19 protocols are in place for Grade 12 examinations.