- President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga have sent their well wishes to the class of 2020
- Matriculants begin their final examinations for their National Senior Certificate in just three days' time
- Both the president and the minister commended the Grade 12s for having pushed through such a difficult year
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga have wished the matriculants of 2020 well in their examinations. Matrics will sit for the National Senior Certificate examinations in three days' time.
According to the statement released by the president, this year's examinations will be the largest public exam administered in South Africa. This is due to the postponement of the June Senior Certificate exams.
Ramaphosa said that the class of 2020 have overcome difficulties that would test the resolve of even the most "experienced and hardened adults". Motshekga said the matrics of 2020 are a unique class.
According to SABC News, Motshekga said:
“I wish them well and they should know that they are a special class. They are a unique class of 2020 where there is Covid. They are a special class, they must focus and do their best. They are not an ordinary class.”
While part of the statement released by the Presidency read:
"To the Class of 2020, I wish you the very best. We are immensely proud of you and wish you the very best of luck."
In similar news, Briefly.co.za previously reported that a number of matrics have opted to skip final exams and write them next year. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a disruption in the academic year and this has made a few matric learners anxious about exams. 19-year old learner Saeeda Yasin is one of those who have been affected. Initially, she was excited about matric but things changed.
"Due to this coronavirus pandemic, I started having stress about what if I go to school and I get affected. What if these other learners have it and I get infected?" she said.
The Gauteng Education Department is taking no prisoners and have opted to take 10 000 learners to campsites to cover academic content. In addition to the camps, Saturday classes will be included which all township learners have had access to over the last few months.
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