The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has postponed the May/June amended Senior Certificate and National Senior Certificate Examination.

DBE Director-General Mathanzima Mweli, confirmed in a letter addressed to the Heads of the provincial Education Departments.

According to Mweli, the postponement is due to the COVID-19 pandemic still growing in the country.

More than 350 000 part-time candidates were to sit for the matric examination.

Those who were meant to write included candidates who did not meet the pass requirements in the 2019 final exams.

The outbreak of COVID-19 led to the early closure of schools during the first term.

The lockdown has since been extended until 30 April 2020.

“This has resulted in a disruption to schooling and hence the writing of May/June 2020 examinations has to be re-scheduled,” said Mweli.

Proposal to combine exams

“At the HEDCOM meeting, it was agreed that the May/June exams should be merged with the November exams,” said Mweli.

The Director General said details regarding the merged examinations will be communicated in due course.

“The candidates will be informed regarding registration, examination centres and time-tables,” said Mweli.

DBE urged all candidates to continue with their preparations, as learning and revision content is available on the department’s website.

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