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2023 MATRIC EXAMS COMMENCE SMOOTHLY AMID ABSENTEEISM CONCERN

Thembisa Shologu

The 2023 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations in Gauteng have kicked off successfully, with candidates showing commitment despite concerns about absenteeism in some districts.

On Monday, 30 October 2023, the first day of the exams featured English Home Language Paper 1 and English First Additional Language Paper 1, and overall, the commencement was trouble-free.

Most candidates adhered to exam regulations as expected, the MEC of Education Matome Chiloane said in a statement.

“We have noted a few instances of absenteeism among full-time candidates in our districts. In Tshwane West, a majority of full-time candidates attended. 

“However, about eight candidates approached officials stating that they were not ready to write, two other candidates did not write due to unknown whereabouts, which is concerning, and three other candidates were also hospitalised due to health issues and were unable to write,” said Chiloane. 

Last week, the candidates pledged their commitment to the NSC Examination Code of Conduct. 

MEC Chiloane emphasised the importance of upholding these commitments and urged candidates to strictly follow exam rules and regulations to ensure the integrity of the examinations and secure their future. 

“All candidates must honour their exams and regulations as outlined in the pledge. Therefore, unwarranted absenteeism is unacceptable.  

“In Ekurhuleni South, one candidate was caught with a cell phone in the exam centre, which is not allowed. In such an instance, the candidate might not result on the subject in question, which is disadvantageous towards their final results,” said Chiloane.

Chiloane expressed his devastation over this tragic incident of a learner from Unity Secondary School in Daveyton Ekurhuleni who allegedly took her own life by poisoning herself on Sunday, 29 October 2023, a day before the exams.

He encouraged candidates to reach out for support from available resources provided by the department if they face internal difficulties during the exams.

“We wish to convey our sincerest condolences to her family and the school community. Learners are urged to use our available structures to express issues; our officials are happy to help. Candidates are also encouraged to honour their commitments to these exams and refrain from being absent,” added Chiloane. 

For support, learners are encouraged to contact Childline at 116 or the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) at 0800 567 567, including online platforms.

INFO SOURCED FROM THE GAUTENG GOVERNMENT WEBSITE.

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