A total of 735,677 full-time Matric candidates have registered for the National Senior Certificate exams, 128,000 more than in the previous year.
Another 162,109 part-time candidates have also signed up for the exams.
Exams, which officially start October 27th and end December 7th, are being written in more than 11,000 exam centers – 6,326 of them for public schools and 4,130 for part-time candidates.
At least 526 centers will mentor private school candidates and there will be 326 designated centers for students who may have contracted Covid-19 or have symptoms of Covid-19.
Priscilla Ogunbanjo, Director of Public Exams in the Department of Basic Education, announced in a media briefing on Friday that candidates are ready to take the exams and that the department is ready to administer them.
“Class 12 of 2021 is grade 11. Class de s 2020, which actually had to go through all the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the department has consistently adapted and made changes to alleviate these restrictions. ”
The department has seen an increase in the number of applicants for key subjects, an increase of 30% and 40% in enrollment in some of the key subjects.
Ogunbanjo said the designated centers were created by the provinces to, among other things, support learners who could test positive for Covid-19.
“These We want to do justice to all exams. We also have isolation rooms in schools for candidates with Covid-19 symptoms. “
Ogunbanjo said the exams are being monitored by officials from her department as well as the provinces, counties and counties.
“In most provinces there is 100% coverage, which means that there is a monitor at every school during every exam.”
Examination centers were classified as either high risk, medium risk or low and “our duty of supervision is directed according to the categorization of our centers ”.
In 194 centers across the country a total of 41,596 markers were appointed to mark scripts.
Ogunbanjo said the registers will open on October 22nd will attend a pledge-signing ceremony “to confirm their non-participation in dishonest acts during the exams.” “
Grading of matriculation work is planned. The project should be completed by December 22nd and the Minister for Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will announce the results on January 20th, 2022.