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Motshekga Outlines State of Readiness for 2021 School Year

February 17, 2021

Department of Basic Education

The basic education department is on schedule to release the 2020 National Senior Certificate exam results on 22 February 2021.

The basic education minister, Angie Motshekga, confirmed this in a statement on the state of readiness for the 2021 school year.

The minister also announced that candidates should get their statements of results on 23 February 2021 from their respective schools.

Reference was made to the Covid-19 Directions on the Reopening of Schools published in Government Gazette 44154 on 12 February 2021.

The minister highlighted that the Directions emphasise the critical importance of vigilance and strict adherence to the health and safety protocols in order to save lives.

She also pointed out that the Directions have been distributed to schools for implementation.

The minister indicated that the department will “continue to maintain the delicate balance between health and safety in schools on the one hand, while on the other, we deal with the curriculum gaps, identified during the 2020 academic year”.

Other issues highlighted in the statement include:

• Basic Education Employment Initiative – steps being taken to ensure that delayed payments of some education assistants and general school assistants are addressed;
• Draft Admission Policy for Ordinary Public Schools published for comment in Gazette 44139 – comment by 12 March 2021; and
• Stakeholder engagements with national school governing body associations, principals’ associations, teacher unions, associations for learners with special needs, and formations for independent schools to be strengthened.

Meanwhile, the department published the latest amended 2021 School Calendar for Public Schools in Gazette 44162.

It was drawn up in terms of the National Education Policy Act.