PEU is Concerned on the impact of Covid-19 on 2020 Matric Examinations
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The Professional Educators’ Union (PEU) notes the decision by DBE, to exclude any matriculant who might test positive to COVID-19 from sitting for the coming final examinations.
“Pupils showing COVID-19 symptoms like persistent fever would not be allowed to write final paper this year. In terms of actual preparations, the teachers and invigilators are there and we hope that they too will keep safe ,so that we don’t replace them along the way if they get tested positive” Said DBE Spokesperson Elija Mhlanga.
This is a perfect catch-22 situation for the country, as it comes at a time when we are on the cusp of experiencing a new surge in infection rate, which might lead to the second wave, right in the middle of examinations.
Whist at face-value the decision seems quite harsh and inconsiderate, it must be noted that there is just no two-way about it, as the pandemic is deadly and highly infectious.
As you are aware, examination processes are quite involved and demand for extra vigilance from those who officiate over them, for the sole purpose of preserving the credibility of the process. It must be noted that there is no any other alternative than for learners to sit for examination, under supervision of teachers.
Thus, the department cannot risk the lives of teachers and other learners by exposing them to the virus, in allowing those infected to come to school and sit for examinations.
PEU urges all matriculants to exercise extra-precautionary measures against the virus than ever before, by avoiding unnecessary movements and crowded places, to minimise chances of being infected.