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Basic Education Minister Mme Angie Motshekga says huge task lies ahead as the date for final National Senior Certificate (NSC) fast approaches.
The minister say these on Thursday during a media update on the latest developments in the basic education.
Over 1 million grade 12 learners are set to sit for final year exams in 32 from now having had a rocky year that was marred chaos caused by Covid-19, where the calendar had to be unusually amended.
The minister said the unforseen circumstances caused by Covid-19 forced the department to postpone mid-year exams.
“As we already announced before, the June Senior Certificate examination was postponed and will now be written together with the NDC examination in November. The examination timetable for the combined June and November exams had to be amended so it will commence in November instead of October. The late start of the examination is intended to allow as much time as possible to cover critical curriculum content and to ensure that all examination processes are appropriately managed,”
“It is going to be a huge task but one that we will need to ensure it is managed and coordinated smoothly. The writing of the NSC examinations will commence on November 5 and conclude on December 15,” said minister Motshekga.
Minister said despite the amount of pressure put on the department by the pandemic saving lives remains the number 1 priority. She said all exams centres, public or private were urged to follow Covid-19 protocols to ensure that there is no loophole for any casualties.
She added that all Covid-19 guidelines have been distributed to various centres.
She also confirmed that 2021 calendar will commence on January 25th.
“I want to confirm that schools will reopen on January 25 next year and the school calendar will be Gazette tomorrow and it will be made available for the public. We will need to carry over some of the curriculum work into 2021 and we have done our best to accommodate the interests of everybody but our priority is the learner,” she said.