Exams: Aim high, union urges matrics

2011-10-19 00:00

THE South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has called on matric pupils to not only achieve a high pass rare than the 67,8% achieved by the class of 2010, but to also get quality passes.

KwaZulu-Natal has more than 127 000 full-time and 23 000 part-time matrirc pupils who are expected to write the examinations.

The exams kicked off with the computer application technology paper on Monday. They are due to finish on December 1.

Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke said passing the exams will mean a lot to the pupils, their families and the nation because as more pupils advance in education the chances of eradicating poverty will improve.

Maluleke said a good mark will ensure matriculants more options in the choice of a career.

“We are aware that this is the most stressful time for many learners in their schooling career.

“We urge the pupils to calm down and go over the work they have been doing in the course of the year. We appeal to parents and teachers to continue supporting them and cheer them up throughout the examinations,” he said in a statement.

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