The 2021 Senior National Certificate exams originally scheduled for November 1 have been changed to start October 27.
This is due to the municipal elections which are due to take place on November 1.
The Basic Education Ministry said the English (mother tongue, first additional language and additional second language) paper, paper 1 business studies and non-official language paper 1 would be written on October 27 and 28. The exams were to take place. November 1 and 2.
“The changes were made necessary by the local elections which will take place on November 1st. Learners eligible to vote will now be able to vote, ”said the DBE.
The DBE said there are 207 exam questions to write over 25 days, five weeks, and there are no vacant sessions in the 25-day schedule. This is why the reviews have been moved up.
[JUST IN] The schedule for matrix exams has changed due to local elections. pic.twitter.com/bXrzwtDSJA
– Elijah Mhlanga (@ElijahMhlanga) September 15, 2021
On Monday, the Ministry of Basic Education sent a reminder to matrics to start preparing for their final exams which are expected to start on November 1 and end on December 7.
In response to the DBE’s tweet, social media users questioned the start date for exams in light of the municipal elections. Municipal elections are expected to take place on November 1.
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Much like the matrices from the previous year, the 2021 class had to go through a tumultuous year. Not only were they disadvantaged in their 11th year by school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the school and learning time lost in 2020 also affected them in their last year. school year.
To make up for lost classroom time, as schools closed earlier for winter school vacations in accordance with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Level 4 lockdown order, 12th graders continued with winter school programs. .
Unlike other levels, in most schools the matrics did not follow the rotational attendance system (attend five days in two weeks) they attended daily.