South Africa (Pretoria): On Wednesday, marking will begin for the 2021 National Senior Certificate examinations, which were completed without major issues that could compromise the examination as a whole. According to a statement from the Department of Basic Education, there have been no confirmed reports of severe abnormalities that could jeopardise the examinations' legitimacy, integrity, or image as a whole. This was in addition to reports of some candidates being caught with crib notes and telephones.
The five-week exam, which began on October 27, was administered at 6,326 public examination centres, 526 independent examination centres, and 326 designated examination centres. There are a total of 897 786 individuals registered to take the NSC exams in November 2021, with 735 677 full-time candidates and 162 109 part-time candidates. The department stated that it has put in place a number of safeguards to help protect the examinations at various points.
"The department praises all students, instructors, and school management teams for their courage in facing the pandemic with a single purpose in mind: to ensure that the Class of 2021 receives the best possible support," the statement adds.
Officials from the province Education Departments, partners, educational stakeholders, parents, and civil society organisations (NGOs) were also thanked for going above and beyond the call of duty to assist and support Grade 12 students prior to and during the tests.