- The Department of Education has opted to postpone the May/June Matric rewrite exams
- The exams will now be merged into one exam later this year
- This forms part of the plan to limit the impact of the current coronavirus crisis
The Department of Education has opted to postpone the Matric rewrite examinations as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll of the nation's schooling system.
In a statement issued by the department, it was confirmed that the exam that provides hope for thousands of people to obtain further education will now be put on ice
"The Department of Basic Education has postponed the May/June Amended Senior Certificate and National Senior Certificate Examination. This is the matric examination which was to be written by more than 350 000 part-time candidates who include those who did not meet the pass requirements in the 2019 final exams as well as those who sought to rewrite to improve their marks."
Director-General of the Department of Basic Education Mathanzima Mweli commented on the decision to stall the rewrites
"The advent of the Covid-19 virus has led to the early closure of schools during the first term and the declaration of a 21-day lockdown by the President of the Republic of South Africa, commencing from 26 March and concluding on 16 April 2020. The lockdown has since been extended until Thursday, 30 April 2020. This has resulted in a disruption to schooling and hence the writing of May/June 2020 examinations has to be re-scheduled."
The details surrounding the new dates for the examinations will be communicated in due course, with the department encouraging students to take advantage of the time to study further.
Briefly.co.za reported that the department had released a tentative plan to begin slowly allowing students to begin returning to school, with some starting again as late as July.
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