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National Senior Certificate Regulations Amended

May 2, 2019

Department of Basic Education

2 May 2019

Regulations Pertaining to the Conduct, Administration and Management of the National Senior Certificate Examination have been amended.

The basic education department published the amendments in Government Gazette 42430 in terms of the South African Schools Act.

New definitions on “candidate”, “examination”, “examination sitting”, “national senior certificate examination”, “part-time candidate” and “repeat candidate” have been added to the regulations.

A “candidate ” means a “learner who has enrolled in his or her Grade 12-year for the National Senior Certificate programme and who has registered for the National Senior Certificate final examinations to be conducted in October /November of the year in which National Senior Certificate programme has been completed, or in May /June examination of the following year, or a learner who has enrolled for the Senior Certificate qualification and who has registered for the Senior Certificate examinations.”

A “repeat candidate ” means a “candidate who has written the October/November National Senior Certificate examination and/or the May/June examination and who reregisters for a subsequent examination, either to improve his/her current results or satisfy the outstanding requirements for the National Senior Certificate or Senior Certificate.”
New regulations inserted include 5A External Examinations Conducted by the Department of Basic Education, 6A Conditions of the National Senior Certificate, 7B Writing of the May/June Examination by National Senior Certificate Candidates, 7C Admission of Progressed Learners to Write the National Senior Certificate and Senior Certificate Examination and 18A Termination of the Supplementary Examination.

Supplementary examinations previously written in February/March have been withdrawn.

Going forward, candidates who wrote the October/November 2018 National Senior Certificate Examination will be allowed to write the May/June 2019 Senior Certificate Examination.

The amendments came into effect on the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Notice 634, the department announced that a summary of amendments to the National Policy on the Conduct, Administration and Management of the National Senior Certificate Examination is available on its website at www.education.gov.za.

In Gazette 42425, the higher education and training department announced, in terms of the Higher Education Act, the appointment of Professor Loyiso Nongxa as Administrator for the University of Fort Hare.

According to the Notice, the appointment follows information received by the higher education and training minister, Naledi Pandor, that reveals “maladministration and serious undermining of the effective functioning of the University”.

The terms of reference for the Administrator are set down.

The Council of the University is dissolved from the date of publication of the notice.

The Administrator is in place for 12 months in order to, inter alia, take over the role, powers, functions and duties of the University of Fort Hare Council, initiate processes and initiatives that will restore proper governance at the University, ensure that an independent investigation is conducted into the affairs of the University and implement the process of reviewing and revising the current Statute of the University.

At the end of 12 months, the Administrator must submit a report to the minister within 30 days.

The Administrator’s duties commenced on the date of publication of the notice.