Matriculants who are now getting ready to write their exams are being urged to be cautious so that they can be fit and allowed to write their exams. The Department has laid down a set of rules in terms of Covid and how not being safe can result in matrics not being allowed to write their exams.
To our matrics: no social event is worth missing your exams.
– Western Cape Education
Following an outbreak which saw over 70 attendees at a bar test positive for the virus, including learners, the Department is now taking this as a sign for learners to be more cautious as there’s a week to go until matrics sit down to write.
In a statement released on 26 October, Western Cape Education has adopted #CommitToFinish and has said, “Today marks ten days until the main matric exams begin on 5 November. Ten days is also the minimum amount of time that someone who has been in close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case needs to quarantine. So it is extremely important that our learners are following the preventative measures right now.”
The Department recently announced protocols for learners who are either Covid positive or have been in contact with someone who is. If a learner tests positive for the virus or has to quarantine because theyve been in contact with someone who did, they will not be allowed to write their exams during this exam session but rather in May/June 2021.
What this would result in is that these learners won’t have their results in time to enter higher education when everyone else does or to seek employment and will then have to wait a number of months to do so “all because they chose to ignore the safety protocols every one of us is supposed to follow”, said the WCED.
It is all very well for the WCED to require that schools implement safety protocols at school and during exam sittings, but if learners do not follow these after school, they are putting themselves at unnecessary risk. It is up to learners and their parents to take responsibility for what they do after school.
– Western Cape Education
The Department does acknowledge that learners want to continue living their lives and having fun but says that this can be done responsibly which in turn means we can all stay safe while moving forward.
The National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination will be taking place next week, starting on 5 November and ending on 15 December 2020. 1 058 699 candidates have registered for the exams which includes both part-time and full-time candidates.
Most provincial education departments (PEDs) have hired extra markers and invigilators to cope with the high number of candidates expected to write this year. Learners will receive their results on 23 February 2021.
WCED continues to emphasise, “I urge parents to have serious conversations with their children about the importance of practicing the Covid-19 prevention measures to keep themselves and others safe, and the immediate impact this can have on their future.”
The Department urges learners to stay safe and take responsibility for their actions saying, “You will thank yourself later.”
To read the full statement, click here.
The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are. —Maxime Lagacé