The Department of Basic Education said schools will be making use of churches and community halls to write exams. These venues will have more space than school halls and will help limit the spread of the virus.
Learners who are sick or showing symptoms will not be allowed to write the final exams this year. Instead, these learners will have to write supplementary exams next year.
“In terms of actual preparations, the teachers and invigilators are there and we hope that they too will keep safe so that we don’t have to replace them along the way if they get tested positive,” said the DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga.
Thousands of students at universities and TVET colleges will also be writing exams soon. The Department of Higher Education and Higher Health have been planning how exams will work for these students.
They have been considering the facts such as knowing the disease is airborne and has airdrops which spread it. Rooms with high ventilation will be used as exam venues. .
Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, CEO of Higher Health, said, “Covid remains around us. It keeps growing and this pandemic is about to stay until we develop something to overcome this pandemic.”
“We are now coming to a phase where in lockdown level one, we have allowed 100% of our students to come back. The whole institution is working the way it should be working as contact learning. Now it’s the period where from October until December, we are going to be starting exams.”
– Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia
They have looked at all Universities and not only the ones who are advantaged and can carry out safety protocols easily. Higher Health also has to look at community training colleges in disadvantaged and rural areas.
We’ve got about 1800 Community Training Colleges, we’ve got about 300 TVET Colleges and probably most of our Universities are now semi-urban and rural. So, we have to look into every parameter in a more holistic way.
– Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia
Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, also released the guidelines for the November/December sit down exams for the Higher Education sector last week.
“Higher Health has been developing programmes, systems and controls related to the pandemic through the establishment of guidelines, protocols, research and capacity building across our sector. These are grounded in the growing body of science and latest epidemiological data”.
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