More than 1.1 million matric pupils are expected to write the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams, that will begin on November 5.
According to Elijah Mhlanga, the head of communications for the Department of Basic Education, the first subject to be written by Grade 12s will be English (first additional language) while the last exam to be written on December 15 will be visual arts and agricultural management.
“The late commencement of the Grade 12 examinations will allow schools and learners adequate time to cover the curriculum and to ensure that ample time is allocated for revision,” said Mhlanga.
The national lockdown imposed on March 27 by President Cyril Ramaphosa as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic saw schools close for four months with Grade 7 and 12s returning on June 1.
This, in turn, meant a loss in school time and a much shortened academic year.
Mhlanga said the late start of the final Grade 12 exams would allow schools and pupils adequate time to cover the curriculum and also to ensure ample time was allocated for revision of the syllabus.
He said life orientation common assessment tasks would be written on October 19 and the practical exams in computer applications technology and information technology on October 21 and October 22, respectively.
Matrics would then get their results on February 23.
“Candidates need to be assured that the late release of the results will not jeopardise their admission to higher education institutions,” Mhlanga said.