Last updated on Jun 11th, 2021 at 12:23 pm

Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training held a press conference this morning, reporting on schools’ readiness to administer and manage the November Matric examinations. 

Umalusi CEO Dr. Mafu Rakometsi acknowledged that they have encountered strain in conducting quality assurance, but with proper planning, they have been able to overcome these challenges. “2020 has been a peculiar year for many sectors, including the education sector,” Dr. Ramoketsi says.

In total, there are a little over one million candidates who will be sitting for their final exams from 5 November 2020.

Umalusi assessed the readiness of schools in three assessment bodies; the department of basic education (DBE), the Independent Examination Board (IEB), and theSouth African Comprehensive Assessment Institute (SAICA). 

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This large number alone has required an extension of exam centers, invigilators, and markers.

For the department of basic education, there are 10 593 exam centres across the country. This is due to the large number of people who will be sitting for their final exams and ensuring that social distancing requirements are followed. More invigilators have also been recruited.

Marker recruitment is still ongoing and schools are recruiting more markers for subjects where shortages have been identified. Marking will resume in January 2021, and results will only be released in February 2021. 

Umalasi is happy about the IEB and DBE and SAICA’s control measures for printing, packaging, and the delivery of question papers. 

Umalusi also reports that the systems for mark capturing are ready, although challenges to get them ready were identified.