Municipal elections causing Matric exams to be pushed forward
On 1 November, Matrics were to complete their final examinations in English, Business Studies and Non-Official Language Paper 1. However, due to the conflict, the department informed on Wednesday, tests were moved to 27 and 28 October.
This follows a special meeting conducted on Wednesday by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and the MECs.
It was reported earlier this week that, after President Cyril Ramaphosa's declaration of the lockout at Level 2 Covid-19 on Sunday, the meeting will take place to address amongst other matters that influence examinations.
"The local government elections held on 1 November 2021 have required the modification. Apprentices who may vote could now cast their votes, "Elijah Mhlanga, department spokesman, stated in the declaration.
Mhlanga stated, after consulting stakeholders, including the teachers' unions and the school boards, that the decision was taken.
As the tuition is 5 weeks from their final exams, the most appropriate scheduling alteration must be consulted, Mhlanga stated.
The examinations should last five weeks and 207 questionnaires should be written.
Last Monday the Minister of Cogta, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, announced the holding of the local elections on 1 November. South Africans are the first time on a Monday to vote. Elections traditionally take place on Wednesdays.
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