Grade 10 and 11 students have one less thing to worry about after the Department of Basic Education's director-general, Mathanzima Mweli directed schools to create its own tests for these critical grades - this effectively cancels the use of “generic” exam papers.
These “controlled” tests would only cover what a school has been able to teach this year before the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown was implemented, rather than the entire syllabus which students would have covered if it weren’t for the pandemic.
“Controlled tests should only be set on content taught, content not taught cannot be assessed,” Mweli said.
“The additional loss of teaching time due to rotational attendance, Covid-19 infections, and the additional four-week closure has resulted in a variable completion of the Annual Teaching Plans.”
Mweli further directed the schools to pass learners largely on marks they earned earlier in the year.
“The final tests marks should weigh less than the yearly marks, contrary to established standards. The current 25% weighting of School-Based Assessment is increased to 60% and the examination component which is currently 75% is decreased to 40% resulting in a 60:40 weighting as opposed to the current 25:75 weighting.”
The director-general added that fundamental subjects like languages, maths and maths literacy will offer the necessary number of papers with a reduced duration (1-hour exams for grade 10 and 2 hour papers for grade 11 students).
Each exam will only consist of one page.
Download this document for more information on what students will need to pass the academic year.