The Department of Basic Education (DBE) said that despite collaboration with the national power utility Eskom, if all else fails, there will be opportunities for candidates to rewrite a matric exam they miss because of load shedding.
During a portfolio committee meeting on Tuesday (25 October), the department said that it had established a close working relationship with Eskom to try and minimize load shedding during the exam period.
Despite this, Eskom has indicated that it cannot exempt schools from load shedding, as it would put the entire grid at risk. However, it said it would try and mitigate the rolling blackouts as best it could.
The department has urged schools to put in place backup systems such as generators and to charge up gadgets prior to the test. Matric students are…