Basic Education on disruptions to supply of electricity during matric examinations

The Department of Basic Education has noted Eskom’s announcement regarding the disruptions to the supply of electricity.

The announcement is extremely unfortunate as it coincides with the start of the matric exams and the subjects (Computer Applications Technology and Information Technology) that need power are being written.

The extent of the impact has not been established as yet because we are waiting for provinces to report. We will provide an update at a later stage. We are monitoring the situation closely ourselves. We will look into the possibility of engaging Eskom with a view to alerting them to negative effect the power cuts may have on national exams.

We however have a backup exam which can be scheduled if there are candidates who are not able to write this exam. Contingency plans are always put in place to accommodate situations of this nature.

Source: Government of South Africa