The Department of Basic Education has postponed the rewriting of the matric exams that were scheduled for this May and June. The exams will be merged with end of year matric exams that will take place in November 2020.
This comes as a result of a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The lockdown has turned the school year on its head as learners and teachers were asked to stay at home in March.
According to the department this postponement will affect about 350 000 matric rewrite candidates. This includes part time candidates who did not meet the pass requirements in the 2019 final exams as well as those who sought to rewrite in order to improve their marks.
Director-general of the department, Mathanzima Mweli, explained that due to disruptions caused by the lockdown and it’s subsequent extension, the exams that would have began on 4 May 2020 had to be pushed back.
“This has resulted in a disruption of schooling and so the writing of May/June 2020 exams had to be rescheduled. These exams were meant to start on Monday 4 May 2020 and conclude on Friday 26 June 2020. It was agreed that they would be merged with the November 2020 examinations,” he stated.