Matric papers won't be trimmed, says Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says this year's matric exam papers won't be cut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. Quality assurance body Umalusi agrees. Motshekga says her department will continue supporting Grade 12 pupils as best possible.

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says this year's matric exam papers won't be cut down because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Quality assurance body Umalusi agrees.

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It's been an extraordinary year for the class of 2020 -- the closing of schools, having to learn online and then readjusting to the new normal when returning to the physical classroom.

Motshekga says her department will continue supporting Grade 12 pupils as best possible.

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"We launched a programme called Woza matric. It's the best under one umbrella," the minister said.

"You have professionals who have volunteered themselves. Everybody has been rallying around these kids.

"I won't be surprised if they perform better then the previous years because or the support we've given them."

Usually, papers are physically verified by assurers. But how will it work this year?

"We can only afford to have a desktop evaluation of the whole process and do a virtual kind of viewing and quality assurance," said Umalusi CEO Mafu Rakometsi.

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"But where we have doubts, we will be compelled to still go do physical verification."

Grade 12s will write their first exam paper in November.

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eNCA