Matric June Exams Scrapped to Make Up for Lost Time and Complete the Curriculum

Matric June Exams Scrapped to Make Up for Lost Time and Complete the Curriculum

- The matric class of 2021 will reportedly not be writing mid-year examinations due to the fact that the curriculum for the year needs to be completed

- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga stated that the class of 2021 needs to be in schools to learn for as long as possible to assist with syllabus completion

- Motshekga explained that although students did not go on holiday in March, they still need to catch up on work, which is why the June exams have been cancelled

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The Basic Education Department has cancelled mid-year matric examinations to allow for students to 'cover' the year's syllabus. It was reported on Wednesday that Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga made the announcement.

Reports revealed that Motshekga wishes to keep the class of 2021 in school and learning for as long as possible. Motshekga stated that students need to make up for the time they have lost and need to cover the curriculum.

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She explained that students did not go on holiday in March and that a majority of the schools are giving extra lessons. Motshekga stated that the June exam period will now be utilised to cover the syllabus that has been missed.

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Matrics of the class of 2021 will not be writing mid-year exams. Image: LUCA SOLA/AFP
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Covid-19 and schooling

According to News24, Motshekga stated that there is a team monitoring Covid-19 infections daily. Regulations have directed that where it is practical, both teaching and learning can be done outside classrooms if all Covid-19 health and safety measures are being followed.

The report continued by stating that the minister also provided a detailed list of suspended contact sports.


A report by EWN stated that a few organisations in the education industry have been left divided by the fact that June examinations have been scrapped.

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Along the same lines of regulations in schools, Briefly News reported that Grades R through to 7 will be returning to daily attendance from 26 July, 2021. Newly -gazetted regulations under the Disaster Management Act allow for normal attendance.

Schools will follow their normal timetables with children from Grade R to 7 attending school daily. This includes special needs schools. The regulations allow for lessons to be taught outside of the classroom where practical as long as Covid-19 safety measures are maintained

Movement in school

Teachers will rotate the classroom and not pupils in order to minimise movement around the school during teaching time.

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