Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she has high hopes for the matric class of 2021.

The class of 2021 started writing their matric finals nationwide on Wednesday with the English paper one.

However, she is worried about the two tumultuous years which they endured to prepare for the final exam.

The Class of 2021 only had half a year of schooling during 2020 and the hard lockdown; and when they returned they could not go to class every day of the week due to COVID-19 regulations.

Motshekga says she hopes the support shown to the class of 2021 will be carried forward to future matric classes.

She says, “There has been lots of pressure on them. But the good thing I’m really hopeful we will sustain is there is lots of support for them, we have the Woza Matric, you have the private sector.”

“Everybody has really been crowding around them, and teachers also are quite conscious that it’s a class which is seriously disadvantaged because of the 2020 pandemic. So there has been lots of support. I do hope the support that has been gathered inside and outside government will be sustained for other years,” adds Motshekga.

Gauteng

Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona says they have an 80% target.

In the video below, Mabona says they have given schools the necessary support:

 VIDEO: The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal Kwazi Mshengu monitors the start of matric exams in the province: