Matrics Who Test Positive For Covid Will Be Allowed To Write Exams

The Department of Basic Education announced that they have decided to allow Matrics who test positive for the coronavirus to partake in the 2020 final Matric exams. Matrics officially start writing their National Senior Certificate today and will end on 15 December.

The Department of Basic Education announced that they have decided to allow Matrics who test positive for the coronavirus to partake in the 2020 final Matric exams. This announcement came the night before the exams were due to kick off.

The Department of Basic Education and the Department of Health have just concluded an agreement this evening that will ensure that learners who test positive for COVID-19 are allowed to write the final matric examinations. The DBE previously issued a set of guidelines which indicated that learners who were COVID-19 positive would not be allowed to enter the exam center.

- Department of Basic Education

This change in protocols comes after parents and learners presented the case to Government asking for them to review and possibly make a change. "The two Departments jointly considered the requests and deliberated on the practical implication," read a statement released by the Department. 

COVID positive Matrics will have to be deemed fit to write and will then write in a different venue with secure conditions while also making sure examination regulations are being complied.

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, said the following:

We welcome the intervention by the Department of Health given that a learner that tests positive becomes the responsibility of the Department of Health and no longer an education issue ... this change in the protocol is very helpful because it will give all learners an opportunity to write their examinations.

The previous protocol which was in place was widely consulted and endorsed by the Department of Health, said Motshekga.

These concessions do however not mean that people should be complacent and no take safety measures seriously thinking that it's fine because they'll still be allowed to write. 

As of yesterday, it was said that this year will see 1 058 699 individuals sit down to write. This, the President says, "makes this combined examination the largest public exam ever administered in South Africa".

Matrics who present with a temperature of 38ºC or more during the screening process at exam venues will have to write in an isolation venue at their school. After the examination, they won't be able to speak to their peers and will be given medical attention.

"The Department is committed to ensuring that out Grade 12 learners are provided with the most conducive environment for the writing of this important examination."

Matriculants all over South Africa officially started their final Matric exams today and will write until 15 December.

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