School-Based Assessment and Examination Weighting in 2021

The South African Department of Basic Education (DBE) recently released Circular S17 of 2021. This circular addresses the weighting of school based-assessments versus examinations during the COVID recovery period, as well as the replacement of a full-scale examination in Grade 10 and 11 with a controlled test.

However, the DBE has confirmed that, as regards independent schools, Circular S17 merely serves as a guideline for the suggested weighting of SBAs and year-end examinations, and the option to replace year-end examinations with controlled tests.

The ISASA legal and policy department has prepared an explanatory memorandum for members, which is available below:

Assessment and Weighting 2021