Matric exams to start early in order to accommodate local government elections

The Department of Basic Education has amended the matric exam timetable to accommodate the local government elections.

The final National Senior Certificate examinations are due to start on the 27 October – rather than November 1 as initially scheduled.

Department spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, says the amendments will allow for learners – who are eligible to vote – to cast their ballots.

“The change is coming. The Council of Education Ministers had a meeting this [Wednesday] morning and made amendments to the final Grade 12 examinations timetable. Originally, the elections were meant to take place on 27 October which would not have been a problem for us.”

“But then they [government] said that the elections would happen on 1 November. So the papers that were supposed to be written on the 1st and 2nd of November would be written on the 27th and 28th of October,” adds Mhlanga.