New protocols for matric exams released by DBE

The department of basic education (DBE) released a circular outlining the revised protocols that schools must follow during the upcoming matric examinations.

“The department, in conjunction with the department of health (DoH), agreed on November 4 to allow learners who have tested positive for Covid-19 to write the Combined 2020 November examination under specific circumstances,” the department said in a statement.

The new protocols were developed with input from various stakeholders including teachers’ unions, school governing bodies and the SA Principals Association.

The protocols include the following:

Candidates and invigilators must wear masks at all times. A face shield and mask can be worn at the same time, but a face shield cannot be worn on its own

Examination rooms must be fully ventilated

Venues must enforce 1m social distancing

School halls need not be limited to 50 candidates if social distancing is enforced and the invigilator-pupil ratio is 1:30

Candidates and invigilators must sanitise their hands before entering the examination venue

The wearing of surgical gloves by candidates and invigilators is NOT recommended

All candidates and invigilators must be screened at least 30 minutes before the start of the exam

A register of all candidates with co-morbidities must be kept

“Candidates are advised to be extra cautious during this period of the examination to minimise their risk of contracting [Covid-19].

“They should refrain from attending any social gatherings and strictly observe the protocols relating to social distancing, wearing of the masks and hand sanitising,” said the department.

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