The matric class of 2021 final exam countdown has begun. Learners have about two weeks to go before they sit for their first paper on 27 October 2021. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga assures the public that the matric class of 2021 is ready.
According to Minister Motshekga, matric learners have covered all angles of the curriculum and schools have put in place extra effort for the matric class.
The DBE has declared that over 700 000 full-time learners will sit for their 2021 matric final and the Minister said it’s all systems go.
Motshekga said the department encouraged retention of learners which might have led to the large numbers that will be sitting the final matric exams this year.
The Matrics of 2021 were among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, at the pandemic struck while they were doing Grade 11, and it continued throughout 2021.
With just about two weeks left until the final exams, the DBE has tabled its plans on how it will proceed with the third round of National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations during the pandemic.
The 2021 matric exam paper was set pre-pandemic in 2019, and Motshekga said the curriculum hasn’t been changed to accommodate the Covid-19 pandemic challenges.
We won’t say we will get 100% pass but schools have done everything possible to get good results.
The department has also announced the following important dates for the 2021 matriculants:
• 20 January 2022– Minister announces results
• 21 January 2022 – Provinces release results.
• 27 October 2022 – National Senior Certificate exams commence.
• 7 December 2022 – Last day of matric exams.
• 6 January 2022 – Umalusi evaluates results.
Motshekga encouraged the importance of supporting learners and ensuring that they stay school until they obtain their matric.
The DBE Minister has wished all matriculants well and urged parents and communities to support them during this stressful time.