DBE is Ready for Matric Finals, Says Umalusi
Date Published: November 10, 2020
Umalusi believes that the Department of Basic Education is ready to manage the matric finals examinations of 2020. The largest group of matric learners in South African history started their final examinations on the 5th of November.
Despite the matric being the only grade to write their end year exams on the entire curriculum, Umalusi believes that there has been enough time for all the preparation needed for the final exam period.
Earlier in the year, Umalusi made matric students and academic staff aware that they would be writing their exams on their full curriculum. With other grades moving academic content into the 2021 academic year, matrics are the only grade who will not experience trimming.
Umalusi has given the following reasons for avoiding the trimming of the grade 12 curriculum:
- To protect educational currency: As a country, our education standard still needs to remain respectable. By trimming their curriculum, the difficulty will also be faced at a university level. 2020 cannot be a year of ‘lesser’ education.
- Students will be stigmatised: Students with an NSC from 2020 will be known as the students who did not complete their curriculum. This will set these learners up negatively for their futures.
- Students must compete in the global village: Students must complete their curriculum as they are competing in the global village with students and educational platforms from other countries. By trimming the curriculum, these students will be put at a serve disadvantage.
Initially, the Department of Basic Education had decided that no COVID-19 positive or symptomatic students would be allowed to write their final examination.
However, last week the DoBE alongside the Department of Health released a statement informing students that any symptomatic or positive students would be allowed to write their exams in isolation venues.
All students will be screened upon arrival to ensure that there is little risk of a spread of COVID-19. All students with a temperature exceeding 38 degrees will be made to write in the appropriate isolation venues.
Venues, Invigilators and Academic Staff
Due to the COVID-19 regulations, more venues, invigilators and academic staff are needed. To adhere to the social-distancing rules, students will be split across multiple venues.
It is because of the additional venues that more invigilators are required to adhere to the DoBE Examination Requirements.
Many resources have been made available for the class of 2020, to assist them with finishing their curriculums. Initiatives like Woza Matrics have helped students catch up with their work and prepare for their final examinations.
EasyPass, an online academic platform, is allowing matric students free access to their online exercises and assessments to help them prepare for their final exams.
Umalusi believes that they, along with the DoBE have gone out of their way to ensure that the matric finals of 2020 run smoothly after such a trying academic year.
Students are prepared for the examinations and the Minister of Education believes that the results will be a testament to their efforts.
Author: Andrea Frisby