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Department reschedules matric exam rewrites


Johannesburg – Due to the national lockdown the Department of Basic Education has postponed the May/June
matric exam rewrites to November.
The department postponed the Amended Senior Certificate and National Senior Certificate examination, which
were scheduled to start on 4 May.
The exams were to be written by over 350 000 part-time candidates; who include pupils who did not meet the
pass requirements in the 2019 exams, and those who wanted to improve their marks.
The department said these examinations will be merged with the November 2020 exams.
Basic Education director-general Mathanzima Mweli has informed the heads of provincial departments of the
change.
“The advent of the Covid-19 virus led to the early closure of schools during the first term. This resulted in
disruption to schooling and hence the writing of the May/June 2020 examinations has to be re-scheduled,” said
Mweli.
Details regarding the merged June and November examinations will be communicated to candidates, together
with information on registration, examination centres and timetables.
Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the candidates will be informed regarding registration,
examination centres and timetables.
“We urge all candidates to continue their preparations. Learning and revision materials have been made available
on the department’s website,” he said.
Mhlanga added that the second chance matric support programme link on the website is still available to assist
especially those who have been studying independently as part-time candidates.