Failure to report a positive Covid-19 diagnosis by a learner whereas writing an examination is an offence that carries authorized penalties.
That’s in accordance to the rules issued by the department of schooling, which state that it’s a learner’s accountability to report regarding signs to the college authorities in time and to current themselves for testing.
The department additional advises mother and father and learners to report a positive outcomes instantly in order that vital preparations might be made.
According to the department of schooling spokesperson in Limpopo, Tidimalo Chuene, this yr’s examination is the most important ever to be administered within the province, catering for a complete 148,630 candidates.
“The department has put in place measures that will ensure a reputable examination despite its size and the need to strictly adhere to the education sector’s standard operating procedures on the prevention and management of Covid-19,” stated Chuene in an announcement.
In addition to their stationery, this yr’s candidates are armed with a face masks in the course of their exams, which began on 5 November and conclude on 15 December.
Upon arrival on the examination venue, candidates endure screening and sanitisation to guarantee adherence with the essential schooling department’s (DBE) protocol for examinations throughout Covid-19.
Candidates are screened by having their temperatures taken earlier than coming into the examination venue. If a candidate’s temperature is 38 levels Celsius or above, after a number of scans, the candidate can be in a position to write their examination in isolation.
If a candidate assessments positive for Covid-19, and is deemed match to write the examination, she or he can be allowed to write at a distinct venue and below safe circumstances which might be in compliance with the examination laws.
The departments will work collectively to make sure that candidates who’ve been confirmed to be positive are given an alternative to sit for the exams whereas guaranteeing that security is noticed.
Candidates who miss exams due to testing positive for Covid-19 ought to mechanically be registered for the topics that they’ve missed, to write throughout the next May/June 2021 examinations.
Candidates who check positive for Covid-19 and have recovered, as confirmed by a Covid-19 check report, could proceed with the writing of the remaining topics on the timetable.
However, candidates who determine not to proceed with the writing of the remaining topics ought to be accommodated within the May/June 2021 examinations. In line with the protocols, solely the top of department or the delegated official (resembling district director), on the recommendation of the department of well being, can authorise the closure of a classroom/examination room or part of a college.
This article was republished from Letaba Herald with permission
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