The grade 12 examinations begin today with more than 730 000 students writing their first English paper.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished the class of 2021 well in the upcoming examination season. He says South Africans should be proud of the class of 2021’s determination and sacrifices made during the academic year.
This as students had the backdrop of a global pandemic to contend with which saw countless hours of teaching time lost over the past two years.
The president said, “we are immensely proud of the nearly 900 000 candidates who will be sitting for the National Senior Certificate examination, which is a significant personal milestone as well as an important marker for the future of our nation”.
Ramaphosa also thanked all parties involved in making the academic year successful up to this point. He explains that parents, guardians, teachers and school governing bodies have had to find innovative ways to ensure that learners could complete their curriculum.
The Department of Basic Education has said they will make arrangements for students who test positive for Covid-19 during the examination period. In a statement, they said, ‘Candidates that demonstrate Covid-19 symptoms, as well as candidates that test positive, will be allowed to write their examination at special isolation venues that have been arranged’.
Ramaphosa also asked learners to observe Covid-19 safety protocols during the examination period and beyond. He has also encouraged them to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
“We wish you the best of success in your final revision and in your examinations, which will lay the foundations for your life as independent, adult members of our society” concluded the president.