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Dept plans to ‘write off’ supplementary exams

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NO MORE: If the department of basic education forges ahead with its plan, second chance matrics will no longer write exams in March.
South Africa could be without supplementary exams in the next three years if the Department of Basic Education implements its plan to phase out the March exams.
The department will appear before the portfolio committee on basic education tomorrow to discuss its plans to do away with the March supplementary exams and merge them with the June exams.
This followed the agreement between the departments of Higher Education and Basic Education in 2014 to merge the supplementary exams with the June exams.
The Department of Basic Education wants the plan to start operating in 2020.
The chairperson of the portfolio committee on basic education, Nomalugelo Gina, said that the current system of having three Matric exams in the country did not work.
She said that pupils who write their supplementary exams in March are more disadvantaged than those who sit for their exams in June or November.
She pointed out that those who write their exams in March only have a month to prepare for these exams after the release of the results in January. She said it was unfair to them and they supported the merger of the March exams with the June exams for matric pupils.