Covid-19 Casts Shadow on South African Students' Final Exams

President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished the senior class of 2020 well for their final examinations and praised them for persevering through the Covid-19 pandemic. The release of the 2020 examination results in February 2021 could prompt an especially heated debate, given the backdrop of Covid-19 and school closures, writes Martin Gustafsson for The Conversation Africa. This comes as confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country total 728,836 while deaths and recoveries amount to 19,539 and 659,259 respectively. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases is set to launch CoughWatchSA - a mobile application aimed at assisting with the early detection of the second wave of Covid-19 cases or the beginning of the influenza season. Meanwhile, in the Eastern Cape, the provincial Department of Health declined to provide Spotlight with vital information on the impact Covid-19 and lockdown has had on the province's Tuberculosis programme and its plans to get the programme back on track.

 

It was agreed that candidates who test positive and deemed fit to write the examination, will be allowed to write albeit at a different venue and under secure conditions that are in compliance with the examination regulations.

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