Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says its all systems go for matric exams in the province. More than 175 000 pupils (132 887 are full time candidates and 42 712 are part time candidates) expected to sit down for the National Senior Certificate Exams from 27 October 2021.
“It is clear that the Gauteng basic education system provides opportunities for all young people to access one of the most important qualifications in our country. This is evidence of an equal opportunities system where each individual unleashes their own potential to achieve the results that they need,” Lesufi said.
The provincial department says it is running one of largest examination process in the country after KwaZulu-Natal. A total of 30 marking centres have been approved in this regard. In addition, 12 889 markers have been appointed to mark the scripts after examinations have been written.
The first marking session will take place on 15 November 2021 and second marking session on 7 December 2021. The marking process is expected to be completed by 23 December 2021.
Matric Exams: COVID-19 protocols to be adhered to
The Gauteng Education Department further says standard COVID-19 protocols will be followed at all examination centres, including:
• A maximum of 30 candidates per room with 1 metre distancing
• Masks to be worn all the times
• Isolation rooms have been provided for sick candidates in each examination centre
• Candidates who test positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to sit for exams in the same hall as other candidates
• Hand sanitizers and surface cleaners will be provided for all rooms used
• Sanitizing of hands and temperature scanning at entry points will take place
“We would like to wish all our Grade 12 learners the best of luck and assure them that they have our full support. Learners are urged to conduct themselves with honesty during the exam. Cheating and other exam irregularities may result in a criminal record. Tears and sweat taste the same but will get you different results. Tears will get you sympathy and sweat will get you change,”
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi