Umalusi Is Concerned About The Readiness Of Students For The Exams

2020 has been a challenging year, especially for learners at schools and those in matric, which is why Umalusi is so concerned that they may not be ready for their exams which are approaching. Due to lockdown learners lost a lot of valuable class time to learn the syllabus. Mafu Rakometsi, CEO of Umalusi, addressed his concerns about how disruptions by the current pandemic may have affected the education system.

Umalusi, quality assurance body, believes that even though 2020 has been a difficult year for learners, the national exams should continue to challenge learners as it did in previous years. They are sure that this year’s matriculants will be as capable as those before them.

Mafu Rakometsi, the Umalusi Chief Executive Officer (CEO), briefed the media on the state of readiness for the Grade 12 end of year examinations, while in Johannesburg.

Since lockdown took place during June, learners who were set to write their supplementary exams were unable to do so. Which is why they will also be writing their exams on the 5th of November along with this year’s matriculants.

Even though Rakometsi is concerned about how disruptions by the current pandemic may have affected the education system, he does not believe that the exam content or quality should be trimmed down.

He understands that due to the current pandemic, learners are feeling anxious and ill-prepared. However, with the support of parents and guardians, he knows that they will do well.

Education officials have been contacted and instructed to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are adhered to at all exam centers.

Learners who test positive for COVID-19 will be registered immediately to allow them to write their exams next year.

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