Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga posted a video on Twitter wishing the matric class of 2020 the best of luck as they get ready to write their final exams next month.
Motshekga reminded the Grade 12s of the unusual circumstances that the exams will take place in as more than 1 058 699 students prepare for their final exams.
This combined examination makes this the largest public examination ever to be administered in South Africa
“But all has been done to ensure safety in the exam centres…remain focused, I know you can make it. Good luck, revise and just get ready for your exams,” the Minister said.
“We certainly have never had to manage a number that large before. It is going to be a huge task, but one that we will need to ensure it is managed and coordinated smoothly.”
The 2020 National Senior Certificate final exams will start on the 5th of November and end on the 15th of December.
Ask for help
To help them prepare for the finals, students can familiarise themselves with Woza Matric, a programme designed to help matriculants catch up on their studies and help with learning new material.
It also offers study tools via classes broadcast on TV channels, online platforms and radio.
SABC 3, Openview Channel 122 and DStv Catch Up also broadcast matric lessons in six key subjects to help learners revise.
Teachers are also available to answer urgent questions and provide tips to help learners stay calm and focused during the exam.
Meanwhile, Northern Cape Premier, Dr Zamani Saul, recognised that the pandemic disturbed learning and teaching in schools across the province.
Saul said the pandemic has placed great pressure on the provincial government to support learners.
According to the provincial government, the spring classes will start across all districts this coming weekend to help matriculants prepare.