Hopes pinned on ‘Mandela Class’

2012-10-23 00:00

THE province is banking on Madiba magic to boost the results of this year’s matric class as pupils who were born in 1994 sat their first paper yesterday.

The significance of the moment is not lost on officials — KwaZulu-Natal Education head Nkosinathi Sishi paid tribute to the so-called “born free” generation.

“We call this group of learners the Mandela Class of 2012, because most of them would have been born in 1994 — the year of the historic elections in the country. What a gift it would be if the results indicate that there is an upward swing in the results and all learners have passed,” he said at a media briefing yesterday.

With KZN and much of the country battling after heavy rains, Sishi said delivery was difficult in the uThungulu area.

“The uThukela [river] was full to the brim … We found different areas to by-pass,” he said. Sishi said the department would monitor the weather continuously and that the army and police were on stand-by to help deliver papers if the roads became impassable.

Nationally, department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said in the Eastern Cape, in areas like Butterworth and Port Alfred, they had to use police vans and helicopters to deliver papers.

Matrics who had been marooned in Cape St Francis after the R330 road and bridge had washed away on Sunday, were ferried over the Sand and Kromme rivers by volunteers in boats to write yesterday’s exam.

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