Matric 2021 exams begin on Wednesday

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Over 800 000 matriculants will start with their examinations on Wednesday with English paper one.

The National Senior Certificate will run from October 27 until December 7.

The Department of Basic Education says the results are expected to be released on January 20, 2022.

Umalusi Acting CEO Dr Mafu Ramokometsi has raised concerns over constant load shedding that could affect the exams.

“Umalusi is satisfied that by large the education system is ready for the conduct and administration and management of 2021 national examinations. We note that Eskom is implementing load shedding at the time when the examinations are about to commence. There is something that the Department of Basic Education needs to discuss with the authorities at Eskom.”



More than 106 000 full-time matric candidates will be sitting for the final exams in Limpopo.

Just over 35 000 candidates are part-time.

Limpopo MEC for Education Polly Boshielo will be monitoring the first day of the exams at Mogalakwena.

In 2020, the province attained 68% in the first National Senior Certificate final exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The provincial Education Department says it has put adequate measures to ensure a safe examination for learners.

MEC Boshielo and Premier Stan Mathabatha have sent messages of support to the candidates.

Western Cape

Meanwhile, Western Cape Education Minister Debbie Schäfer has wished the matric class of 2021 the best of luck in their first final exam.

Schäfer says whilst this is an important exam, there are other options available to those who don’t do as well as they hoped.

She’s urged learners to focus on doing their best, eat healthily and get enough sleep.

Matric class of 2021 start their examinations on Wednesday:

-Additional reporting by Katlego Nyoni