With examinations starting on Wednesday, 27 October 2021 its all systems go for the class of 2021 as 42, 147 fulltime candidates and 5, 315 part-time will sit for their final basic education exam.

Our provincial department has prepared 439 centres that have been audited for compliance in terms of facility, staff capacity security for storage of question papers as well as full adherence for Covid-19 protocols. Of these centres, 417 are public centres, 20 are independent and 2 designated centres for those improving their matric.

Printing and packaging is done under secured conditions with surveillance cameras and physical security at all strategic points. Security point for question papers is intensified with strong rooms, double locking systems, 24-hour Security guards, storage managers, alarm system, CCTV monitoring.

Training for both monitors, chief invigilators & invigilators was rigorous and this contributes to the successful administration of the examinations.

Two to three officials per schools are trained to ensure smooth running of the examinations in the centre.

The training includes:

  • protocol for writing of the examination,
  • process of conduct of examination,
  • reporting on the conduct of the examination, &
  • process to be followed at the distribution point.

Markers have been selected and are awaiting appointment.

MEC for Education in the North West province Mmaphefo Matsemela has assured that all measures were considered to prepare the 2021 cohort.

“Covid-19 has been a disruptor in the administration of year end examinations in 2020. The class of 2021 found us ready and we equipped leaners with much needed assistance to sit for their examinations. We have a set of committed teachers, and subject advisors that played a huge role in equipping our learners and I couldn’t more proud.

“Last week I engaged with our learners as they signed the pledge of commitment to a cheat-free examination. Our learners are eager and ready”, says Matsemela.

The class of 2021 is eighth cohort to be exposed to the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS). Learners are also the beneficiaries of the educational transformation that heralded the move towards a technologically enhanced curriculum.

Mec Matsemela will monitor the first day of examinations on Wednesday, 27 October 2021 at Pinagare Secondary School in Taung at 07:30.


For more information, please contact:
Elias Malindi
Department Spokesperson
072 892 4855/ 072 115 4855

Author: tkhechane