Matric Exam Time-Table Changed Due to Local Government Elections
The recently released matric exam timetable has been amended to accommodate the upcoming local government elections. This means matriculants will be writing their first exam sooner than expected.
The final matric exams will now start on 27 October 2021 and not 1 November as it had been initially announced. The decision comes after the Council of Education Ministers held a special meeting following a series of consultations with key stakeholders in the Basic Education sector.
In a statement issued on Wednesday morning, the Education Department said that English (Home Language, First Additional and Second Additional Language) P1, Business Studies P1, and the Non-Official Languages P1, scheduled originally for November 1 and 2 will now be written on 27 and 28 October respectively.
The department further states that these changes were made due to the upcoming local government election which is scheduled to take place on 01 November 2021. This, according to the department, will enable all eligible learners to participate in the election.
The Council of Education Minister had approved the initial 2021 final exam timetable in May earlier this year. However, after the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma announced that the elections will take place on 01 November.
Further consultations were held by the Basic Education Department and its key stakeholders on 10 September to deliberate on what alternative options would be suitable for making changes on the timetable.
The Education Department adds that there will be 207 question papers to be written over 25 days (5 weeks) and that there will be no vacant sessions in the current timetable. Hence, the re-scheduling needed to be confined to either before the starting date or after the conclusion date.
The Department of Basic education urges candidates preparing for the examinantion to keep working hard. It has also made available a wide range of resources to assist the learner with support materials on different platforms through the Remote and Digital Learning Programme Woza Matrics
With the education sector is in dire need of educators to accommodate the high volume of South African students, the need for qualified educators is paramount. In South Africa, there are a number of bursary funds available to support students who would like to enter the education sector.
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