The Department of Basic Education has decided to cancel grade 10 and 11 final exams
The exams will be replaced with school-based assessments. The weighting for the final exams has been reduced from 75% to 40%. This decision was motivated by the teaching time that was lost due to lockdown. Learners have not received sufficient time to prepare for final examinations. It was also taken into consideration that the school curriculum was trimmed, which makes it difficult to complete the syllabus.
The weighting for the school-based assessment has been increased from 25% to 60%. The assessments will include testing of work that has been covered from the syllabus.
Compulsory subjects such as languages and mathematics will still cover the required number of papers, however the duration of each paper will be reduced to accommodate work that has been taught.
Elijah Mhlanga, Education Department spokesperson said that they have realised they are not going to finish the syllabus. “It’s a once-off measure that we have put in place after we looked at everything that affected schooling this year and we felt it would not be fair to have a full-scale examination when schools were closed and reopened. With the trimmed curriculum we realised that we are not going to finish the syllabus,” he said.
Mabel Tremaine, an educator at Chief Luthayi High School, west of Durban in Hammarsdale, said that this is a great initiative that will help learners to pass. “This is great, some of us had even suggested that learners stay at home. Grade 10 and 11 syllabus is practically the same, only the intensity differs. This will give us a better way to manage what they have learnt making it easier to teach when they have progressed to higher grades,” she said.