KZN matric granted extra exam time due to 'sleepy' condition

2015-11-10 17:40
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Pietermaritzburg - The Pietermaritzburg High Court has granted an order that a KwaZulu-Natal matriculant be allowed an additional five minutes for every hour he writes exams due to his "sleepy" condition.

The order was ratified by Judge President Achmat Jappie on Tuesday.

The student, Rahul Shashi Marajh, 18, suffers from narcolepsy which manifests as sleepiness.

The boy is a pupil at Crawford College.

Marajh's condition has been diagnosed by neurologists and an education department psychologist.

According to regulations by the Department of Education, Marajh should have applied for the concession at the start of the year, but he apparently did not know about that proviso.

Marajh, an excellent scholar, saw some of his marks drop earlier this year as a result of his condition.

But, despite following a psychologist's report on diet, exercise and rest programmes, he continued to experience the same problem.

He also tried to vary his prescribed medication for the condition, without success.

"I felt highly fatigued and sleepy during long exam sessions, despite having a long sleep during the night," said Marajh.

"So much so that I could not complete one question in the English examination on October 26."

The court order calls on the education department to take steps to facilitate his extra exam time.

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