JUST IN | Matric exams brought forward due to municipal elections news of 2021


Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga


Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

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  • 1 November has been declared Election Day, which
    clashes with Matric exams.
  • The Department of Basic Education held a special
    meeting on Wednesday to discuss the clash between the dates.
  • SA also moved to a Level 2 Covid-19 lockdown from
    Monday.

The Department of Basic Education has brought
forward the 2021 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations because it
clashes with the municipal elections.

Matrics were supposed to write their English,
Business Studies and Non-Official Language Paper 1 final exams on 1 November.
However, the exams have been moved forward to 27 and 28 October due to the
clash, the department announced on Wednesday.

This follows a special meeting held by Basic
Education Minister Angie Motshekga and MECs on Wednesday.

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News24 reported earlier this week that the meeting
would be held to discuss, among others, issues affecting the exams, following
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of a Level 2 Covid-19 lockdown on
Sunday.

“The changes were necessitated by the local
government elections which will take place on 1 November 2021. Learners
eligible to vote would now be able to cast their ballots,” department
spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said in a statement.

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Mhlanga added that the decision was made after
consultations with stakeholders, including teacher unions and school governing
bodies.

Since matrics are five weeks away from their final
examinations, it was important to consult on the most appropriate change in the
timetable, Mhlanga added.

“The best interest of the learner was a key
consideration in addition to ensuring that a minimum change to the current
timetable was made to avoid confusion,” Mhlanga said.

The exams are expected to run for five weeks, and
207 question papers are expected to be written.

Last week, Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
announced that the municipal elections would be held on 1 November. It’s the
first time South Africans vote on a Monday. Traditionally, elections are held on
Wednesdays.

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