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‘Matrics Who Test Positive for COVID-19 Will Not Be Allowed To Write Exams This Year’ – Basic Education Department


MATRICS who contract coronavirus during the Grade 12 final exams will not be allowed to continue writing, according to the Department of Basic Education.

 “If you test positive for COVID-19 before the examination you will not be allowed to write. If you test positive during the examination you will not be allowed to finish writing,” said basic education in a statement on Wednesday.

Matrics will site for their exams on Thursday.

This year’s exams are the largest ever, with over one million candidates set to sit to write after education authorities combined the exams due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The department said the May and June exams will be open for anyone to write selected subjects or all subjects.

“If you cannot write or complete your 2020 examinations because of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis you have an opportunity to write in May and June 2021,” said the department.

The government is concerned about the possibility of a second wave of COVID cases and a rise in infections.

“It is a learner’s responsibility to report concerning symptoms to the school authorities in time and to present themselves for testing. Failure to report a positive COVID-19 diagnosis to the school while writing exams is an offence that carries legal consequences,” added the department.


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