Matrics to write mid-year, final exams simultaneously

Matric exams

The Department of Basic Education has announced that the 2020 Grade 12s will write mid-year and final examinations at the same time between the 5th of November and 15th of December.

This review of the examination calendar follows the disruption of the school year by the lengthy closure of schools due to the COVID-19 enforced lockdown.

“Following the closure of schools on 18 March 2020, and the national lockdown to curb the spread of Coronavirus, a decision was taken by the Minister of Basic Education to administer the May/June 2020 examination concurrently with the October/November 2020 examination,” the department said in a statement.

The late start of the final Grade 12 exams will give schools and learners enough time to cover the curriculum and ensure that enough time is spent revising the syllabus.

Basic Education emphasised to candidates that this is a combined examination, which implies that all candidates that were scheduled to write the Senior Certificate examination in May/June 2020 and have already registered, will be allowed to write this examination.

Candidates that have also registered for the October/November 2020 National Senior Certificate examination will be allowed to write this examination.

More than 1.1 million candidates are expected to sit for the 2020 combined matric exam.

Each registered candidate will receive an admission letter by the end of September 2020 which will list the subjects for which they have registered and the examination centre where they will write.

NOTE: Registration for the exam is now closed and no late registrations will be entertained.

Candidates who were originally scheduled to write the 2020 October/November examination will each write two papers on Business Studies and Accounting, whereas those who would have written the 2020 May/June examination will write one paper each in Business Studies and Accounting.

This is clearly stipulated on the timetable.

  • The Life Orientation (LO) Common Assessment Task will be written on Monday, 19 October 2020.
  • The practical examinations in Computer Applications Technology (CAT) and Information Technology (IT) will be written prior to the official commencement of the examination on Wednesday, 21 and Thursday, 22 October 2020, respectively.

The results of the 2020 Grade 12 examination will be released to candidates on 23 February 2021.

The department went on to say that candidates can rest assured that the late release of the results will not jeopardise their admission to higher education institutions.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has wished Grade 12 learners well, saying they will be fully supported in their preparations leading to the exams, despite the challenges that this year has presented. 



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