How Did The First Day Of Exams Go For Matrics?

Yesterday was the first day of Final exams for Matrics after a very strange year. The 2020 academic year was full of surprises for everyone and Matrics have had to adjust quickly to it all. So how did the exams go while we're in this pandemic?

Yesterday was the first day of Final exams for Matrics after a very strange year. The 2020 academic year was full of surprises for everyone and Matrics have had to adjust quickly to it all. The Department has said that Matric exams was off to a smooth start.

The Class of 2020 sat for English Home Language, First Additional Language and Second Additional Language Paper 1 examination on Thursday. Today, Matrics embark on Afrikaans Paper 1 as well as Hindi, Gujurati, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu, Hebrew and German Paper 1.

The Department of Basic Education is pleased to announce that the first day of the National Senior Certificate examinations has gone well without any major incidents throughout the country.

According to the department, five provinces (KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo) experienced COVID-19 cases and these were handled well within the hygiene protocols.

In KwaZulu-Natal, three learners reported their diagnosis to the school authorities and used a separate gate to enter the school premises. They were accommodated in a separate isolation room and provided with an invigilator, who observed the health and hygiene protocols at all times. “We are encouraged by the level of maturity and responsibility shown by our candidates in KwaZulu-Natal,” said the Minister.

The invigilator sits five metres from the learners in a well ventilated room. When the exam is complete, the invigilator uses latex gloves to put the answer sheet in a sealable plastic bag. The plastic bag is then sanitized and put with the rest of the batch.

The Department appeals to parents and communities to continue supporting the Class of 2020 throughout the examination period.

Learners told SABC News that their first paper was "an absolute breeze" and that it went well. They said that ever since's the President's initial lockdown announcement, things have been tough but managed to push through with the help of teachers.

Matrics do however fear that an outbreak will come and disrupt their exams but they hope that they will reach the end of exams without any major bumps. "I think we're going to do very well because we're prepared. We're in the right place at the right time and we know what we want and come February 2021, we will be doing well," said a Matric learner.

The 2020 Class in Port Elizabeth have said that they were well prepared for their first exam and that everything they studied came in the paper which is always a step in the right direction. 

One learner told eNCA, "I did enjoy the paper. It was clear because I was so prepared for my exam although it was not easy for me because I'm studying in a shack under candles but I want to pass Grade 12 so that I can achieve my goals and I am the only who's doing Grade 12 in my family and my mom is not working. Also, my father is not working". She wishes to become a police officer or a social worker. 

She studies at the school on free days because the conditions are better for her and receives lots of support from the teachers at her school.

Even though this academic year was majorly disrupted, Matrics are writing on the full curriculum. The Class of 2020 are definitely staying resilient and confident.

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