After months of preparation, many learners across the country have started their final matric exams today with English Home Language.
The Department of Basic Education has made many changes to the regular exam protocol because of Covid-19.
The department will be using churches and community halls as exam venues this year. These venues will have more space than school halls and will help limit the spread of the virus.
“In terms of actual preparations, the teachers and invigilators are there and we hope that they too will keep safe so that we don’t have to replace them along the way if they get tested positive,” said the DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga.
Hopes are up for the matric class of 2020 as some provinces have set pass rates. Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal set pass rates of 80% for the class of 2020.
In 2019, the Eastern Cape had a pass rate of 76.5%, the provincial MEC for Education, Fundile Gade said learners this year have a better chance because they have had access to eLearning.
"The other thing which is an advantage for this cohort is that they have been able to access the eLearning solution which others didn't have and also the calendar that has been altered via the minister's instruction has also given them space to prepare thoroughly for the academic final examinations so we are going to get that 80%"
Results will be released on 23 February 2021.