Last month it was announced that the local government elections will be held on 1 November 2021. This has forced the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to move exams original scheduled to be written on 1 and 2 November 2021.
The DBE announced that the Grade 12 English Paper 1, Business Studies Paper 1 and the non-official languages Paper 1, which were originally scheduled for 1 and 2 November, will now be written on 27 and 28 October respectively.
Many schools in South Africa are used as polling stations during elections. This created a conundrum for the DBE as some matric exams were meant to be written on the date of the local government elections.
The rescheduling of the exams listed above will also allow students who are of voting age to cast their ballots and participate in the democratic process.
The DBE said that 207 question papers will be written over a period of 5 weeks. Due to there being no vacant slots on the current timetable, these exams had to be moved to a later date.
The department has encouraged students to use the wide range of resources provided on different platforms through the remote and digital learning programme, Woza Matrics.
Students can access these learning materials on any of the following platforms