The Department of Basic Education has announced that this year’s matric pupils will be writing their mid-year and final examinations all in one go.
According to the department, moving the May/June exams, and the October/November finals closer to the end of the year, would enable them to cover the entire curriculum.
More than 1.1 million pupils who failed the 2019 exams, and those who want to rewrite to improve their marks, will also write in the same period.
All matrics will receive an admission letter by the end of September, which will include the subjects for which they are registered and the examination centre at which they would be writing.
No late registrations would be allowed and the exams are set to begin on 5 November and end by 15 December, with learners to write two papers each in business studies and accounting.
However, subjects such as life orientation will be assessed earlier, with the Common Assessment Task scheduled for 19 October.
The practical exams for computer applications technology will be written on 22 October.
The department indicated that the results would be released on 23 February.
“Candidates need to be assured that the late release of the results will not jeopardise their admission to higher education institutions.”