Seeing that load shedding has become a concern to the National Senior Certificate examination, the Department of Basic Education, Public Enterprises and Eskom managers led by CEO André de Ruyter held a virtual meeting on Thursday afternoon.
This was to discuss the impact of load shedding on basic education in general and the National Senior Certificate examinations in particular.
In the meeting the Department made a presentation in which it outlined the scope of
the NSC Examinations and why it was important to have electricity supply at all times.
Mr De Ruyter expressed regret for the inconvenience caused to the matric candidates
and the Department saying that, “Eskom as an organization understood the challenges brought by loadshedding.”
Meanwhile the Department outlined that, “loadshedding was creating a general sense of anxiety and tension to candidates at a time when they should be totally relaxed and focused on writing their all-important examinations.”
Furthermore, the crucial period of preparing for the examination the night before is now disrupted by load shedding and the added stress emanating from the traffic congestion in the morning due to non-functioning traffic lights.
In addition to this, the Department tabled a set of proposal to Eskom for serious
They first proposed that, consideration must be made for load shedding to be
avoided when the South African Sign Language Home Language (SASL HL), is written
on 23 and 30 November as it requires laptops and other assistive devices.
Ultimately, the department proposed for Eskom to suspend the load shedding every evening, from Sunday to Thursday, for four hours across the country from 19h00 to 23h00.
This is to allow learners to prepare for the examination to be written the following morning.