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DBE amends matric timetable to accommodate local government elections

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The DBE has issued a statement confirming that the matric final exam timetable has been amended in order to accommodate the upcoming elections, so as to allow learners to vote.

On Wednesday, 15 September 2021, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) issued a statement on the amending of the 2021 matric exam timetable to accommodate the upcoming local government elections. The department confirmed that the final National Senior Certificate examinations will now be starting on Wednesday, 27 October 2021, and no longer on Monday, 1 November 2021.

It also informed that the Council of Education Ministers held a special meeting where the decision was taken on Wednesday. The DBE further reiterated that the changes were necessitated by the upcoming 2021 local government elections, which have now been scheduled to take place on Monday, 1 November 2021. Therefore, the amendment is a way to allow learners that are eligible to cast their votes. The department also stressed to learners to continue preparing for their examinations accordingly and keep working hard.

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What examination papers have been affected by the amended examination timetable?

The DBE informed that English Paper One, Business Studies Paper One and the Non-Official Languages Paper One that had originally been scheduled for Monday, 1 November 2021, and Tuesday, 2 November 2021, will now be written on 27 and 28 October 2021.

How many matric examination papers are scheduled to be written by learners?

A total of 207 question papers are to be written over the course of 25 days (five weeks). No vacant sessions were available in the current 25-day timetable, hence the need for a re-scheduling.

When did deliberations take place to conclude on the amendment of the matric timetable?

The DBE noted that on Friday, 10 September 2021, consultation sessions were held with key stakeholders, including teachers unions, school governing body associations and professional bodies to deliberate on appropriate measure needed to change the timetable.

Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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