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It’s all systems go for this year’s matric exams, says Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Friday stated it was all systems go for this year’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, scheduled to formally begin from 27 October.

Addressing the media in Pretoria, Motshekga stated her division was able to run credible matric exams for the category of 2021, not like final year when studies of examination paper leaks emerged.

The minister stated over 700,000 full-time grade 12 pupils had been set to write down this year’s NSC exams throughout the nation. Of the 735,670 full-time candidates anticipated to write down the exams, 128,451 part-time candidates would write their exams too.

Motshekga stated like the category of 2020, matric pupils this year needed to navigate a “complex and hazardous terrain” to reach at this last level of their faculty career as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is the grade 11s of 2020 that couldn’t complete the curriculum, they only came back to school after July. And this year they had to spend almost every possible day and hour to be taught,” she stated.

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To help pupils put together for the exams and address the pressures introduced on by the pandemic, Motshekga stated her division was had the Woza Matrics Campaign that gives tuition help to grade 12 pupils in ten completely different topics.

She urged all matric pupils to make the most of the programme by its studying and instructing help materials, together with zero-rated platforms on the Department of Basic Education’s website.

“It’s a free-to-air tv initiative due to Covid-19 disruptions… it seeks to profit our learners to make amends for curriculum studying, grade 11, and matric revision in addition to serving to them with examination preparations.

“It is implemented as a growing national network of remote and digital learning platforms where we collaborate with the media, professionals, non-governmental organisations and all other people who really are wishing to assist us,” she stated.

Exam paper leaks

Motshekga stated her division doesn’t need a repeat of final year’s examination paper leaks after the Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences Paper 2 had been leaked to pupils hours earlier than they had been to be written.

She stated it was within the curiosity of the nation for the examination to stay credible.

“We enchantment to communities, dad and mom and learners to allow us to run a reputable examination.

“It’s in the interest of the country and in the interest of everybody so that we don’t go back to the very embarrassing situation we found ourselves in 2020,” the minister stated.

Motshekga wished the category of 2021 all one of the best of their exams and appealed to folks and communities to help them by giving them the house and time to give attention to their research.

The NSC exams will conclude on 7 December.

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