The Final Matric combined time-table for 2020 examinations released


    The year 2020 must have been the most disrupted school year for decades, with Covid-19 leading to an unprecedented lockdown and closure of schools. 

    The Matric class of 2020 has lost many days of learning and most schools have had to cancel events like Matric Dances. 

    A big change this year will also be the final exam timetable and the release of results.  It was already announced that the exams would be written from the 5th of November until the 15th of December.

    Now the Department of Basic Education has released the timetable for the exams so Matrics can plan their schedule and see what they will be writing on which days.


    More than 1.1 million candidates are expected to sit for the 2020 combined matric exam and every registered candidate will receive an admission letter by the end of September 2020, listing the subjects for which they have registered and the examination centre where they will write.

    Registration for this examination has closed and no late registrations will be entertained, said the department.

    Candidates, who were originally scheduled to write the 2020 October/November examination, will write two papers each in Business Studies and Accounting, whereas those who would have written the 2020 May/June examination will write one paper each in Business Studies and Accounting.

    This is clearly denoted on the timetable.

    The Life Orientation (LO) Common Assessment Task will be written on Monday, 19 October 2020. The practical examinations in Computer Applications Technology (CAT) and Information Technology (IT) will be written prior to the official commencement of the examination on Wednesday, 21 and Thursday, 22 October 2020, respectively.

    The results of the 2020 Grade 12 examination will be released to candidates on 23 February 2021.

    “Candidates need to be assured that the late release of the results will not jeopardise their admission to higher education institutions,” said the department.

    Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has wished Grade 12 learners well, saying they will be fully supported in their preparations leading to the exams, despite the challenges that this year has presented.

    Author: Alan Hammond