KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala said some learners will write 3 in 1 tests to make up for the time that they have lost this year.
“In 2020, the Department of Education will be writing a 3 in 1 examination. The examinations which were not written in May and June 2020 will then be written in November/December”
Matakanya Matakanye, General Secretary of the National Association of School Governing Bodies said learners in public schools have suffered a great loss compared to learners in well-resourced private schools.
Earlier this year, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for education, Kwazi Mshengu said his department was working hard to recover lost time. Many learners in matric had been attending class 6 days a week from Monday to Friday, using Saturday as a day for revision.
“The department has worked very hard to prepare the class of 2020, both academically and administratively.” said Zikalala.
Although the department has been making efforts to recover lost time, some learners have still not returned to school.
In September, the Basic Education portfolio committee predicted that KwaZulu-Natal would have the highest estimated dropout rate. The committee predicted that the province would face more than 38 000 dropouts in grade 7 and more than 18 000 dropouts in grade 12.
Mshengu said his department would be in talks with the national office in order to find a way forward for learners in matric who have not yet returned to school
Zikalala sent his condolences to the families of all stakeholders in the education sector who lost their lives to Covid-19.
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