Matric learners who test positive for Covid-19 will be allowed to write their final exams. This follows a petition which called for the Department of Basic Education to review exam protocols.
After consulting with the Department of Health, the DBE reached an agreement and released a statement announcing its decision the night before the start of exams.
“We welcome the intervention by the Department of Health given that a learner that tests positive becomes the responsibility of the Department of Health and no longer an education issue.” said Angie Motshekga, the Minister of Basic Education.
Candidates who are Covid-19 positive will need to be deemed fit to write. They will write at a different venue under conditions that are in line with the national exam regulations.
“It also needs to be noted that learners who are screened at the entrance of the examination venue and display a temperature higher than 38°C will be allowed to write the examination in an isolation venue at the school.
“These learners will be immediately taken to the isolation venue and after the examination they will not be allowed to socialise with other learners, but will be taken to a health centre for further medical attention,” said the department.
Before the petition gained popularity, the department had said learners who test positive for Covid-19 ten days before the exam would not be allowed to write.
The review of this rule will now give all learners a chance to take part in the important exam.
Minister Angie Motshekga has warned that learners should continue to follow safety measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.