Department announces timetable for combined 2020 matric exams

The department of basic education (DBE) has finally announced the revised timetable for the end-of-year matric examinations.

According to the department, the June and November exams will be combined and will run between Thursday November 5 and Tuesday December 15.

“The late commencement of the final Grade 12 examinations will allow schools and learners adequate time to cover the curriculum and also to ensure that ample time is allocated for revision of the syllabus,” the department said in a recent statement.

Candidates who were scheduled to write the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams in May/June this year and had already registered will be allowed to write, as will all candidates who had registered to write in October/November.

“More than 1.1 million candidates are expected to sit for the 2020 combined matric exam and every registered candidate will receive an admission letter by the end of September 2020, listing the subjects for which they have registered and the examination centre at which they are writing,” said the department.

“Registration for this examination has closed and, unfortunately, no late registrations can be entertained.” The results for the combined examination would be released on February 23 2021, it said.

The department also wished to reassure pupils that despite the lateness of the results, potential admission into higher education institutions would not be jeopardised.

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