SADTU Statement on the 2021 National Senior Certificate Examinations

22 October 2021

Good luck to the 2021 Matric Class

The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) wishes all the learners who will be writing their National Senior Certificate (Matric) examinations, the best of luck.

735 677 full-time and 162 109 part- time learners are expected to sit for the examinations from Wednesday, 27 October until 7 December 2021.

We cannot overemphasize the importance of these examinations in their lives. They mark the end of one’s primary and secondary schooling and are a gateway to higher education and the world of work.

We commend the 2021 class for doing their best to prepare for these exams by attending extra-classes to compensate for the time lost due to disturbances caused by COVID 19 pandemic. Many had to work harder to cover the Grade 11 work which they could not complete in 2020.

We also take our hats off to the teachers who gave of their time and provided classes and support outside the normal working hours. We also commend the Department of Basic Education for the various support programmes provided to support this Class. However, we would like to see the Department doing the same to all the other Grades, more especially the Foundation phase as this class provides the necessary basics which assist the learners to sail effortlessly right through their schooling careers.

These examinations are taking place, for the second time in the row, in the midst of the pandemic. We commend the many teachers who subjected themselves to vaccination. They not only saved their lives but those of the learners, families and their communities as well.

Last week, the Minister of Health announced that the children aged between 12 and 17 were now eligible for vaccination. The majority of this age group is made up of learners in high schools and some are writing matric.

We urge this class to make use of the opportunity and get themselves vaccinated. We urge parents to give support to their children to be vaccinated. Teachers and education support personnel bear witness to the fact that the vaccine does reduce the number of fatalities as we saw a drastic decrease in the numbers after they were vaccinated.

We know that the Matric class engages in rave parties marking end of their schooling careers. We clearly remember last year how some of these parties became super-spreader events. We therefore urge them to avoid attending these activities and save their lives.

Although the country is at Level 1 and the infection rates are subsiding, this should not lead to a lull and cause both the learners and invigilators not to observe safety regulations in the examination centres. We urge the Department to ensure that the examination centres comply with safety regulations.

Lastly, we urge our parents and families to give their outmost support to the learners by giving them time and space to study and focus on these examinations.

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat


General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke: 082 783 2968
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