The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has said it is all systems go for the May/June National Senior Certificate examinations (NSC) for the 2021 academic year.
Learners across the country will start their exams on Wednesday and finish on 7 July, said Minister Angie Motshekga. Motshekga added that the exams will take place over a 6 week period.
The May/June National Senior Certificate examinations were initially set to start on May 5 but were postponed to May 26.
Motshekga said this was recorded as the largest examination to ever be administered in the country’s history.
“Its all systems go and everything is in place,” said DBE spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga.
In 2020, learners across the country were not able to sit down for their May/June examinations due to the country being under a hard lockdown owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, the DBE combined the May/June exams with the November/December ones which saw a total number of 1,058,699 learners sitting to write between 5 November until 15 December.
The department said accountancy learners will sit for paper one of the subject.
“The measures that the DBE used in 2020 for the November examinations will be used again this year for the May/June exams,” said Mhlanga.
Social distancing is one of the basic requirements and learners including staff following the Covid-19 regulations.
“We are confident that the exams will proceed as planned,” added Mhlanga.