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Dr Rufus Poliah, Chief Director at the Department of Basic Education, informed the parliamentary portfolio committee on Tuesday that the matrics will not be writing a June exam this year.

Poliah explained that an abbreviated curriculum, a holiday school, extra classes and the removal of the exam are aimed at helping pupils master the work properly.

Chris Klopper, the chief executive of the South African Teachers’ Union, welcomed the decision, although he said it was not a new decision.

He says the three weeks it usually takes to complete the exam is valuable time in which matrics can master the curriculum.

Klopper added that there is an assessment in the form of class tests that must meet a certain standard.

Schools that feel they can master the job on time can still apply for a June exam.

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