THE Department of Basic Education has scrapped this year’s exams for Grade 10 and 11 in favour of controlled tests.
In a circular, department said COVID-19 infections, the loss of teaching time and the closure of schools during lockdown has resulted in the non-completion of the curriculum.
DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said more teaching time will probably be allotted next year in order to allow learners to complete their syllabus.
“It’s a once-off measure that we’ve got installed position once we checked out the whole lot that affected training this year and we felt it will no longer be honest to have a full-scale exam when faculties have been closed and reopened. With the trimmed curriculum we realised that we aren’t going to complete the syllabus,” said Mhlanga.
“Grade 10s and 11s be informed the similar factor, it’s only the level of problem of what they’re finding out. It’s mainly one thing that’s not in reality new to them. So what we’re going to do is create extra time subsequent year to be sure that the entire paintings that was once no longer lined is roofed then.”
The department said it will instead replace the exams for Grade 10 and 11 with controlled tests.
The controlled test must cover a substantial portion of the curriculum taught, preferably work covered in all terms, wherever possible.
The test, it said, must be administered under controlled conditions. The document said that fundamental subjects like languages, maths and maths literacy will offer the required number of papers with a reduced duration.
(COMPILED BY INSIDE EDUCATION STAFF)