No Major Incidents Reported In 2021 Matric Exams

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Despite some minor issues, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) says no major incidents were reported during the 2021 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination season.


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The matric exams have officially come to an end and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has revealed how the exams unfolded. 

Despite some minor issues, the DBE says no major incidents were reported during the 2021 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination season.

Apart from a few learners who were caught using cellphones and had crib notes in their possession, the DBE says no major incidents were reported. This is a welcomed relief for the department after the challenges around a leaked Physical Science paper in 2020 led to the contemplation of a nationwide rewrite.

The 2021 examination season saw 735 677 full-time candidates and 162 109 part-time candidates write their final school examinations over a five week period. The class of 2021 had to not only write their examinations with less learning time caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and challenges presented by load shedding.

The DBE revealed that the marking of scripts will commence on 8 December 2021 and will conclude on 22 December 2021. More than 41 000 markers have been employed to mark at 193 marking centers in the country's nine provinces.

‘All marking centres will implement stringent Covid-19 protocols including daily screening, the appointment of compliance officers, the supply of masks, sanitising stations as well as social distancing,’ said the DBE in a statement.

DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the department will continue to implement Covid-19 protocols to ensure the safety of the markers. Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal have entered a fourth wave of infections. He says markers will have the option to leave the marking centers should they not feel they want to be there.

He said, “That's why we have reserve markers as well. We will take those people who feel that they can't continue anymore because they're not feeling that well. So we have made provisions for all sorts of eventualities to ensure that the process itself is not interrupted.”

‘On behalf of the Minister of Basic Education, we want to congratulate the Class of 2021, for having completed the 2021 NSC examination despite challenges and we wish you a restful and well-deserved holiday’ concluded the statement.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has called upon matriculants to vaccinate before this upcoming festive season. This as South Africa begins its battle against the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections.

Currently, more than 14.8 million people over the age of 18 years old have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This equates to around 37% of the age groups’ population.

Here are the dates grade 12 learners should look out for:

  • 6  January 2022 – Umalusi evaluates results.
  • 20 January 2022– Minister announces results
  • 21 January 2022 – Provinces release results.

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