‘There’s life after failing matric’

2011-12-21 00:00

ANXIETY and stress levels are beginning to intensify for thousands of KwaZulu-Natal matric candidates as they anticipate the release of their final exam results in less than three weeks.

South African Depression and Anxiety (Sadag) operations director Cassey Chambers said they had received many calls in the past from matric pupils either waiting for results or dealing with their results.

“The most important thing for all the pupils who are waiting for their results is to remember that, no matter what the outcome of the results, other options are available,” said Chambers.

These included re-marks, supplementary exams, bridging courses, home schooling and community colleges.

“They must not stress or freak out if their results are not what they expected. Parents must try not to add extra stress or conflict to the situation and keep the communication lines open,” she said.

Pietermaritzburg Lifeline psychologist Celeste Matross advised parents and family members to take the pressure off their children and let them know that, while failure was disappointing, it was part of life.

“Failing matric does not make you a failure.”

Pupils usually feel pressure to perform well in these exams because it is important to their parents and family, so pupils do not want to disappoint them.

“There are also financial implications around passing matric, which is important for impoverished families,” Matross added.

“The important thing to remember is that they can rewrite the exams if they fail or perform poorly.”

While the matric results are a stressful ordeal for many, KZN Parents’ Association chairperson Sayed Rajack said some parents are more concerned about their children’s behaviour after the exams.

“It is very worrying that children have been indulging in partying and substance abuse in the name of celebrating the end of their school lives.

“Many of them know that they have done well in the exams, but there is no need for their unacceptable behaviour. We are urging parents to keep an eye on their children now and after the results come out. They must know where their children are and what they are up to at all times,” he said.

Matric results will be published in The Witness on January 4 and 5.

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