Matric Exam Marking Commences 4 January 2021 – Basic Education Minister


Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced when the marking of the NSC exams will begin, as well as when the department will present the irregularities report to Umalusi. 


The National Senior Certificate examinations came to an end on 15 December and the marking of these papers will take place 4 January 2021.

The exams commenced on 5 November and more than one million candidates sat writing together at the same time.

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The exams took place at 8 200 exam centres in all provinces, with 80 000 invigilators. 216 question papers were written and more than 10 million scripts were printed. 45 000 markers were designated at 180 marking centres to mark the papers.

The size of the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination was extraordinary and as a result, the capacity of the system was increased to accommodate the record-high number of candidates sitting for the exams.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the dates on Thursday during a briefing saying:

“Marking will commence in earnest on 4 January 2021.  On 12 February 2021, the DBE will present an irregularities report to UmaIusi, and thereafter wait for the quality assurance agency to make an announcement on the integrity, credibility and fairness of the 2020 NSC examinations,”

The department said that the exams proceeded well, despite the leaking of the Mathematics Paper 2 and the Physical Sciences Paper 2 exams.

A national rewrite was declared by the department after Umalusi indicated that the integrity of the exams could be compromised. However, the North Gauteng High Court overturned this decision and no rewrite took place.

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Minister Motshekga says that the department still believes that the credibility, fairness and integrity of the exams were not dealt with in the court ruling.

“The legal team is exploring avenues that are to be used to address some of the errors we have picked up in the judgment,” said the Minister.

The matric results are set to be released on 22 February 2021 and candidates can expect to get their statement of results on 23 February 2021.



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