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With 18 days to go before matriculants the nation over sit for their last matric tests, the Department of Basic Education held a press instruction on definite arrangements during the Covid pandemic on Friday. 

Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, addressing media to provide an update on the basic education sector’s response to the impact of Covid-19 on schooling as the countdown to matric examinations continues.The briefing was held Ronnie Mamoepa Press Room, Tshedimosetso House. 08/10/2021. Ntswe Mokoena

When do the tests begin? 

Matriculants will compose their last National Senior Certificate (NSC) tests from Wednesday 27 October and the last, most important test will be composed on Tuesday, 7 December. 

Are the students completely ready? 

Cheryl Weston, educational program chief in the Department of Basic Education, said that an "escalated" program was dispatched toward the start of the year to assist students with planning for their tests. Matrics had 20 extra long periods of educating, with most schools expanding showing hours, now and then to as late as 5 pm, said Weston. 

Different help programs have been dispatched to assist students with getting ready for their tests. These projects will finish up a day preceding the last test of the year being composed, said Weston. 

What number of individuals will compose the NSC? 

This year 735,677 full-time up-and-comers will express, "which is the biggest number of applicants since the commencement of the NSC," said Priscilla Ogunbanjo, the head of public tests. 

Typically, around 600,000 full-time applicants compose the NSC tests, said Ogunbanjo, albeit 2020 likewise saw an increment with 697,226 competitors composing. 

162,109 low maintenance applicants will compose the tests this year, up from last year which saw 117,808 low maintenance competitors sitting for the tests. 

What number of assessment focuses will there be? 

Altogether, there will be 11,308 assessment places the nation over, said Ogunbanjo, with 6,326 in government-funded schools, 526 will be autonomous focuses, 326 will be assigned focuses and 4,130 will be low maintenance communities, said Ogunbanjo. 

Ogunbanjo said that all assessment habitats will have severe screening, physical separating, hand sanitizers, and everybody will be wearing veils. 

What occurs if a student tests positive for Covid-19 or shows manifestations during the test? 

To oblige students who have tried positive for Covid-19, those students should write in seclusion rooms at the assessment place, said Ogunbanjo. 

Some common training offices have assigned places for students who test positive for Covid-19, Ogunbanjo added. 


Stamping will begin on 8 December and is booked to be finished on 22 December, said Ogunbanjo. 

Ogunbanjo said that 41,596 markers will grade the tests at the 194 checking focuses the nation over. 

All checking focuses will have a consistent official, day-by-day screening and will keep up with other Covid-19 wellbeing conventions. 

If there should arise an occurrence of a Covid-19 episode at any of the stamping focuses, common training offices have orchestrated reinforcement checking focuses. 

When will the outcomes be delivered? 

Ogunbanjo said that the outcomes will be delivered by territories on 21 January 2022. DM What you need to know about the 2021 matric exams (

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Cheryl Weston Department of Basic Education National Senior Certificate


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