Matric Exams Pushed Forward

Grade 12 learners will begin their final year examinations earlier than usual due to local government elections taking place on the 1st of November. Following multiple meetings with stakeholders and the council of education ministers, the decision was made.

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After the announcement that the elections would take place on 1 November 2021, the Department of Basic Education decided that it would be best to move the Grade 12 NSC exams to 27 October 2021.

Elijah Mhlanga stated that the DBE embarked on a process to find a way to accommodate both the local government elections and the starting date of the final year examinations.

The process included consultation sessions with stakeholders, teacher’s unions, and school governing body associations. 

After consulting with the various organizations, it was decided it would be best to move the two exam dates forward instead of just one.

English Home Language, First Additional Language and Second Additional Language were moved from 1 November to 27 October and Business Studies was moved from 2 November to 28 October.

The schedule now provides the learners with about four or five days to prepare for the rest of the examinations, which they did not have before. 

Mhlanga encourages those learners that are eligible to vote to do so on the 1st of November as provision has been made for them.

Dr Reginah Mhaule, the Deputy Minister of the DBE, wishes the Grade 12 Class of 2021 well as they write the prelim exams and prepare for the finals.

Mhaule encourages the matriculants to study hard despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Learners may find that joining study groups may be beneficial as they prepare for their exams, which is encouraged to all learners while adhering to COVID-19 protocols.

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