Tips for matriculants ahead of results announcement

By Drum Digital
05 January 2015

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is encouraging matriculants to get their results directly from their schools.

“While it might be fun to check with your friends, it may cause pressure, disappointment and humiliation for those who have failed,” says SADAG’s media liaison officer Meryl Da Costa.

SADAG says learners who look for their matric results in newspapers should keep in mind that many printing errors occur and the results may not be accurate.

“If you see that you have failed, go to your school to double-check,” she says. “You should also speak to your headmaster to see what your options may be.”

SADAG statistics show that teen suicide rate was at 9,5 % last year. However, matric results have not been the sole reason. The organisation advises learners who have failed not to act hastily, but rather make rational decisions.

Here are few tips for learners who are disappointed by their results:

•             Speak to your headmaster or teacher immediately to determine what your options are.

•             You might find that you have failed a few subjects and can request a remark, or take a supplementary exam.

•             If you feel depressed, speak to your teacher about your feelings, or contact SADAG for help on 0800 212 223 or SMS 31393.

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