The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, is appealing to all parents to send their children back to school. Although the number of learners back in school have been increasing gradually, a substantial number of children have yet to re-enter a classroom. “Schools are reporting an attendance rate of between 80% and 90% which means that there is a good element of learners that have not returned to schools.” Motshekga briefed the media on Thursday saying that the National Senior Certificate Examination would commence in November and conclude on the 15th of December 2020. The late start is intended to allow as much time as is possible to cover all curriculum content and to prepare students sufficiently to take the exam.
“Our exam section is putting everything in place to ensure it remains credible and that it is safe and efficient. All exam centres, both public and independent, have been audited in preparation for the 2020 combined exams and protocols for COVID-19 have been put in place,” Motshekga said, adding that her department was 100% functional again. “Since the country migrated to level 1, our own Department of Basic Education has all its programmes now fully functional, so we’re providing all the services that are in our scope of work.”