With the final matric exams less than 3 weeks away, over 700 000 full time candidates are counting down the days until they write the biggest exams of their school career. The Department of Basic Education held a media briefing on Friday to unpack its readiness for the final exams.
The class of 2021 will start writing their exams on 27 October, with the last exam scheduled to happen on 7 December 2021. This means, the matric class of 2021 will be writing their exams over the course of 5 weeks.
Basic Education Director of Exams, Priscilla Ogunbanjo said this year's final matric exams will mark the third exams that have been written under the Covid-19 lockdown. Ogunbanjo further went on to say the department has done its best to ensure that the matric class of 2021 is well prepared for the upcoming exams.
"The grade 12 2021 class is the grade 11 2020 class that actually had to go through all the limitations imposed on us by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the department has consistently adapted and made changes to mitigate those limitations. Today we can say that learners are prepared to go into the exams.” she explained.
A total of 735 677 full time candidates have enrolled to write the exam. This is the highest number of full time enrollments recorded by the Department. There are also part time candidates who have registered to write, with that total coming up to 162 109 candidates.
In an effort to prepare and ensure that there is enough space for all of these learners, the department has secured 11 000 examination centers. Of these, 6326 are public schools and 4130 are part time centres.
In addition to this, 526 independent centres and 326 designated centres have also been secured in preparation for the final exams.
Designated centres are special centres that have been created for emergencies, in the event that learners test positive for Covid-19 during the exam season. The department has also announced that schools will also have isolation rooms for candidates who display Covid-19 symptoms.