Full steam ahead for final exams, says department

Matric exams will proceed as planned, basic education minister Angie Motshekga announced last week.

“We are left with 18 days [as of Friday, October 8] before our full-time and part-time candidates for the 2021 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations,” Motshekga said.

“The NSC exams are basically the culmination of 13 years of schooling, with an estimated 2,500 days of teaching and learning. You will recall that the Class of 2021, had to navigate a complex and hazardous terrain to arrive at this final examination.”

This year, there are 735,677 full-time candidates writing the exams, an increase of 128,451 from last year.

Due to the extended shutdown of schools due to the Covid-19 lockdown, said Motshekga, the matric class of 2021 has been unable to properly complete their curriculum.

However, she said the department of basic education (DBE) has taken steps to assist students to make up for the lost time.

This was mainly done through the Woza Matrics Campaign.

“The Woza Matrics Campaign is a free-to-air television initiative, launched following the academic disruptions caused by Covid-19 pandemic,” Motshekga said.

“Woza Matrics 2021 Catch-Up Campaign is led through a partnership between the DBE, National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) and the Education, Development and Training Practices (ETDP) Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA).”

The programme provided a number of revision courses for matric students such as curriculum lessons, revision courses and exam preparations.

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