Teachers’ Union Reacts to Early Matic Exam Start

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Grade 12 students around South Africa will begin their matric exams earlier than expected. This was after select exams were moved to accommodate the upcoming 2021 local government elections.


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Grade 12 students around South Africa will begin their matric exams earlier than expected. This was after select exams were moved to accommodate the upcoming 2021 local government elections.
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.
Basil Manuel, the executive director of the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) say that the department didn’t have many options.
He explained that when Naptosa, along with other unions were consulted, they agreed that 27 and 28 October would be the best option.
The National Senior Certificate matric timetable is planned well in advance. Manuel says that any other dates may have forced the DBE to make even more changes to the timetable.
He says that although the dates were moved, the class of 2021 will have an opportunity on 1 and 2 November to catch up on work that they missed out on.
Manuel says that teachers have done an amazing job in their attempt to cover the syllabus over the past 2 years. Last year, schools were shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. When learners returned to class, they had returned on a rotational basis, which then resulted in less learning time.
He said “It's been a terrible year, worse than 2020, for this cohort of matriculants because they were in grade 11 last year when three quarters of the year they were at school on a rotational basis and a lot of catch-up had to be done”
“Many matriculants that are 18 years and older and they too can vote, so you have to allow that to happen in terms of the democratic process” concluded Manuel.
Students can access these learning materials on any of the following platforms
www.wozamatrics.co.zahttps://www.facebook.com/wozamatrics/https://twitter.com/wozamatricshtt… WhatsApp on 061 505 3023.
 

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