Basic Education Department Pleased With Progress Of The Matric Examinations Across the Country

Basic Education Department Pleased With Progress Of The Matric Examinations Across the Country

Date Published: November 13, 2020

Going into the second week of the matric final examination period, the Department of Education has been monitoring safety protocols closely to ensure that students and staff are at a lower risk of contracting the coronavirus. 

Mostly everything is going smoothly despite the protest action in the Western Cape. It is still to be found if all students were able to write their examinations with the protests.

What you need to know

Here is everything you need to know about the matric examinations so far:

  • A total of 93 students tested positive for COVID-19: So far, 93 students have tested positive for the coronavirus. 
  • Eastern Cape: 53
  • Free State: 23
  • Western Cape: 10
  • Gauteng: 7
  • 17 students from the Motheo district retired to school after isolation: After serving their isolation period, 17 students have returned to school in the Motheo district. 
  • 2 students were found with their cellphones in the examination: These students have been dealt with in terms of the examination regulations. Download a copy of the regulations here.
  • Crib notes were found on some candidates: Whilst these students have faced the consequences of the examination rules and regulations, the DoBE stresses that students remain honest and do not attempt to cheat on their examinations. 
  • Provinces are monitoring and reviewing their invigilation process: This comes as a result of cheating. Plans to improve security and integrity in the examinations are underway. 
  • The anxiety of both students and parents has been reduced now that all students are allowed to write their exams: Now that the DoBE has partnered with the Department of Health, students with the coronavirus will be allowed to write their exams. These will take place in isolated venues.
  • No exams were written on the 13th of November: Due to the religious holiday, no exams were written on the 13th of November. 
  • Weather conditions in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal challenge the administration of exams: Due to the turbulent weather conditions in both Gauteng and KZN, the DoBE has faced issues with the administration of exams. 
  • Woza matric revision is still available: Matric students are still able to access Woza Matrics revision via SABC1. 
  • The Minister of Education encouraged students to remain home and safe: Angie Motshekga has encouraged students to stay home, social distance and use sanitiser to prevent a coronavirus spread during their exams. 
  • Examinations will continue on Monday: As from Monday, matric finals will resume with Mathematics paper 2, Technical Maths Paper 2 and Mathematical Literacy. 

Author: Andrea Frisby 

Published: November 13, 2020

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