Matric dance ban not an issue in PMB

2016-09-22 09:19
The KZN Department of Education imposed a matric dance ban on schools from September until the end of November in an attempt to improve on last year’s poor matric results.

The KZN Department of Education imposed a matric dance ban on schools from September until the end of November in an attempt to improve on last year’s poor matric results. (File)

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Pietermaritzburg high schools say the Education Department’s call for matric dances not to be held during the examination period does not affect them as most schools had already scheduled their dances for after the matric finals.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education imposed a matric dance ban on schools from September until the end of November in an attempt to improve on last year’s poor matric results.

A circular was sent to schools in the last week of August, instructing schools to cancel matric dance celebrations until after the exams in November, to allow teachers and pupils to prepare sufficiently for their trial and final exams.

Typically, matric dances are held during the first two terms or in the last term of the matric calendar. Most Pietermaritzburg schools that are yet to host their matric dances said the circular “did not mean much” to them as their dances had already been scheduled for after the final examinations.

“Our school usually hosts the matric dances in late November when the majority of pupils are finished with their examinations,” said Daryl John, principal of Heather Secondary School.

Other schools in and around Pietermaritzburg agreed with John, saying their dances were also scheduled to take place at the end of November.

Carter High School management also reported that their matric dance was scheduled for after the examinations and the circular did not apply to them.

Education Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said schools that had scheduled their matric dances during the banned period should reschedule it, “or there would be consequences for schools that ignore the circular”.

“The schools that go ahead will be breaking the circular. It is a co-operative decision and there will be consequences … at the end of the day, the principal is an employee of the department,” he said.

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