Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga briefed the media on Thursday morning to give updates on key developments in the education sector. During her briefing, the minister urged parents whose children have not returned to school, to allow them to return.
On key developments, the department said that the final examination for academic year 2020,will be a combined exam of June and Nov candidates. As such, this will be the biggest exam to ever be administered by DBE, with an expected 1.1 million candidates.
Meanwhile, Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi has given an update on the 2021 academic calendar applications.
In a different briefing, the MEC said more schools should be built in the province to meet the demand.
Lesufi said schools are stabilising to the new paradigm created by COVID-19.
“We had to put two systems in one. For example, you accelerate the test marks, your assignments, your project marks just in case we have a second wave and can’t write exams, we will use that to say you have passed or you have not.”
Lesufi said he anticipates the curriculum will only be stabilised in two years.
The MEC also raised the concern that 5 percent of learners have not yet returned to school.
Lesufi was candid on the challenges of COVID-19, saying the virus exposed the inequalities that still exist in the education system.