Gauteng prelims not suspended
Johannesburg - Preliminary matric exams have not been suspended in Gauteng, as was reported earlier on Monday, the province's education department said.
"There is no truth to reports that the Gauteng MEC for education (Barbara Creecy) is considering postponing or scrapping the preliminary exams," spokesperson Charles Phahlane said in a statement.
In clarifying the situation, the department said that some schools completed writing preliminary exams last week and schools worst-affected by the strike would write this week and next week.
Some began writing on Monday and others would begin on Tuesday.
However, there was apparently confusion regarding the shifting of the physical science paper from Monday to sometime next week.
"We are presently working with our schools and districts to iron out the confusion."
The department had also received reports that the Congress of SA Students was disrupting some schools in Moletsane and Simunye, in the Bekkersdal area, and officials were meeting pupils to clarify the importance of writing the preliminary exams.
A Congress of SA Students spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.
Preparation for finals
The preliminary exams are meant to help pupils prepare for their finals.
The results also contribute to the school-based assessment mark, which makes up 25% of the matric mark.
Catch-up classes for matrics in the province started last weekend and attendance was over 80% in most cases.
These classes would continue next weekend and throughout the September holidays, and in the first three weeks of October.
Some schools across the country are working to catch up on teaching time lost during the recent strike by the public service sector.
According to the revised timetable, on Tuesday, Sept 14, pupils will write accounting from 08:30 to 11:30 and from 12:30 to 15:00 English first additional language P3 for 2.5 hours.
The rest of the timetable is:
* Wednesday Sept 15: 08:30 to 11:30: mathematics P1 three hours; 08:30 to 11:30: mathematical literacy P1 three hours; 12:30 to 14:30 English first additional language P1 two hours.
* Thursday Sept 16: 08:30 to 11:30: mathematics P2 three hours; 08:30 to 11:30: mathematical literacy P2 three hours.
* Friday Sept 17: 08:30 to 11:00: life sciences P1 2.5 hours; 12:30 to 15:30: history P1 three hours.
* Monday Sept 20: 08:30 to 11:00: life sciences P2 2.5 hours; 12:30 to 14:30 English first additional language P2 two hours.
* Tuesday Sept 21: 08:30 to 11:30 physical science (physics) P1 three hours; 12:30 to 15:30 History P2 three hours.
* Wednesday Sept 22: 08:30 to 11:30: physical science (chemistry) P2 three hours; 12:30pm to 15:30 geography (theory) P1 three hours.
* Thursday Sept 23: 08:30 to 11:30 business studies three hours: 12:30 to 14:00: geography (mapwork) P2 1.5 hours.