Union Welcomes Cancellation of Mid-Year Matric Exams

The National Professional Teacher's Organisation, what we know as NAPTOSA, has welcomed a decision by the Department of Basic Education to cancel mid-year exams for Grade 12 pupils. This is being done to afford learners more class time. 

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The National Professional Teacher's Organisation (Naptosa) came out in support of a recent decision by the Department of Basic Education to cancel the mid-year Matric exams. 

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, made the announcement on Wednesday during a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education.

RELATED: Mid-Year Matric Exams Have Been Called Off

She went on to state that pupils who are currently in Matric lost out on a lot of time throughout the school year due to Covid-19 restrictions and thus should spend more time in class. 

We want to make up for the loss of time and for them to cover the curriculum. They did not go on holiday in March, and most of the schools are giving extra classes. The [usual] June period of exams will be used to cover the curriculum. We also have a team monitoring Covid-19 infections on a daily basis.

Speaking to the SABC regarding the matter, NAPTOSA’s Executive Director, Basil Manuel, went on to point out that this has been a difficult year for learners:

The Grade 11s had the rotational learning and matric bases a lot of its work on the grade 11 work, and if you haven’t done that, then you have a deficit. So, teachers have to pick up some grade 11 work and they are not at midyear yet.

“At the moment, we are estimating that they have done about three months of the year’s work and not the six months, which they ought to have done. We are saying it is more important to push to cover more of the curriculum so that every child gets into the final exam on an even footing where they have completed the year’s work,” added Manuel.

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