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Service delivery protests impacting Matric exams

The Department of Basic says the main threat to the 2022 matric exams so far has been protest action. There has been disruptions in Gauteng, Northern Cape and North West. Loadshedding, which has caused technical glitches to computers, will also now result in some learners re-writing.

Umalusi, South Africa’s Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training is concerned about the recent protest actions in some parts of the country. This resulted in some candidates either missing the National Senior Certificate examination or writing it later than originally scheduled.

In the North West Province arrangements have had to be made for approximately 460 candidates to be compensated for the time lost. More than 50 candidates in Gauteng could not write the examination due to community protests. In Mpumalanga, approximately 1 130 candidates were prevented from accessing their examination centres.

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