Department Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga

No excuse for Matric exams expected – Department

Johannesburg – The Department of Basic Education has said there should not be an excuse by any school not to be ready for the Matric examinations.

The department recently announced this year’s adjusted Matric exam timetable, owing to the Covid-19 lockdown. In the timetable the National Senior Certificate final exams will be conducted between 5 November and 15 December. Candidates who were scheduled to write their Matric exams in May could not do so because of the lockdown; and this will be the largest exam sitting ever, with about a million candidates expected to participate.

With some teacher unions expressing concern with their members returning to work during the Covid-19 pandemic, the department said no school should be unprepared for the Matric exams.

The department’s spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said there was more than enough time to prepare for exams.

“If you declare yourself not to be ready, then you should not be in business, especially for Grade 12 candidates who have been given a priority, and have always been the first to go back to school. We are even changing the start date for the exams to be much later. Usually, we start on 15 October, we are still in August, and the exams start in November,” Mhlanga said.

The department has said registration for the exams has closed, and no late registrations will be considered.

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