“2020 academic year will go down as the most challenging”

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Council of Education Ministers held an urgent meeting on Wednesday. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said they received a report on the progress of the Combined Matric Examinations.

Matric Examination started later than usual due to the impact of COVID-19.

Minister said 2020 examination is the largest with One Million, Fifty Eight Thousand Six Hundred and Ninety Nine (1, 058 699).

The exam is taking place in 8 200 exam centres in all provinces with 80,000 invigilators. Two hundred and sixteen question papers are being written with more than 10 million scripts printed.

“Marking commences on 4th of January 2021 with the results being released on 22 February 2021.    For the first time schools will reopen before the matric results are released.”

Minister added that the 2020 academic year will go down as the most challenging, complex and unpredictable.

 “It has required innovation, courage, collaboration, sacrifice and selflessness. I admire the mental strength of our learners in particular and the dedication of our teachers and officials.” Concluded Motshekga

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