Department Notes Impact Of Disrupted Grade 11 Year On Matric Results

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The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has left scars on every part of our lives, and the loss of crucial teaching time has had an impact on the Grade 12 class of 2021.


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The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has left scars on every part of our lives, and the loss of crucial teaching time has had an impact on the Grade 12 class of 2021.

After the initial hard lockdown was placed on South Africans to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, learners returned to class using a staggered approach.

This staggered approach had different versions but the impact remained the same, as learners spent less time in the classroom and the loss of that time had an impact on their Grade 12 results.

This was the message from the Department of Basic Education’s Director General Hubert Mathanzima Mweli at the matric standardisation meeting.

The Director General explained that the matric class of 2021 did not only have to deal with the effect of lost teaching time but also the loss of family members, caregivers and friends.

He added that this may have been compounded by the loss of income experienced by many families during the pandemic. This as 2.2 million people who were employed before the pandemic are now unemployed.

Mweli said, “These learners not only had to deal with a reduced exposure to face-to-face teaching and learning but they also had to contend with the anxieties and trauma of COVID-19. Countless families have been pushed to the limits of financial endurance from lost jobs and income”.

Further challenges were presented to learners by load shedding which hindered the learners' ability to study for their exams.

Mweli has however commended learners for their hard work. A total of 733 746 full-time candidates registered to participate in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

More than 700 600 candidates actually wrote their examinons. Mweli explained that the 4.5% of ‘no-shows’ was the lowest percentage recorded in recent years.

This demonstrates the commitment of the class of 2021 despite the numerous obstacles they had to navigate through to complete their NSC examinations. 

 

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