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Party responsibly, MEC tells matrics

2011-11-21 14:03

Cape Town - Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant has appealed to the province's matrics to be responsible when they start celebrating the end of their final exams.

"While the majority of the candidates are still writing, there are candidates that will complete their examinations today [Monday]," Grant said.

"Many of these candidates will begin celebrating the end of their examinations at parties around the province, with some of them travelling to areas like Plettenberg Bay and Hermanus for 'Matric Rage' parties.

"I would like to make a special appeal to all our candidates to celebrate responsibly."

Pupils should exercise caution when driving, ensure they were buckled up and had a driver who was not under the influence of alcohol, Grant said.

Five Western Cape Grade 12 pupils died in road-related incidents during the examination period in 2009.

Grant said candidates had to remain available to write up to December 9, in case their exam papers were found to have been leaked or papers were lost.

"Although I know that many of our matriculants are extremely relieved to have completed writing some of the major subjects such as mathematics and physical science, they must still remain focused," the MEC said.

"Our Grade 12 learners have still yet to write subjects such as geography, isiXhosa and history."

The exams are schedule to end on December 1, with the religious studies and design papers.

Comments
  • Liz - 2011-11-21 14:27

    do you really think they will be responsible for their partying! i am now 18 years old and finished my schooling of 12 years! i aAM GOING TO PARTY !!!

      Patrick - 2011-11-21 14:30

      Indeed you will and unfortunately you will probably not realize how immature, rude, offensive and reckless half these party goers are until you get a few years older.

      Marion - 2011-11-21 14:40

      Many matriculants, not just the five from 2009, who have partied too much when they completed their matric ended up in the morgue with 12 years of schooling going nowhere. The suggestion to party sensibly and have a designated sober driver is an excellent suggestion not a restriction on having fun (although getting drunk just for the sake of celebration and having a moerse hangover the next day is not going to be much fun - just embarrassing behaviour and unnecessary discomfort).

      Deon - 2011-11-21 14:59

      Rather party at home or rather "kruip as jy suip" (don't drink and drive)

  • Hilary - 2011-11-21 16:26

    Strange though it may seem you can still have fun without alcohol!! Try!

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