Protests delay matric supplementary exams - Tips for parents

By Drum Digital
28 February 2017

Supplementary exams in three provinces have been delayed due to protests. Here's tips for parents to assist their children.

More than 92 000 matriculants from 2016 have enrolled for supplementary exams across the country to improve their results and increase their chances of furthering their education and obtaining their matric certificates.

But, protests across three major provinces have delayed learners from sitting for their exams.

The  Supplementary exams started on 22 February and are expected to last until 30 March.

According to the Department of Basic Education, in the Free State, the exam in seven centres was cancelled because of protest.

Department officials working in Thabo Mofutsanyana District (FS) had to be escorted by the police to deliver question papers.

In Limpopo two examination centres were affected, while in Mpumalanga 16 learners were unable to write their exams.

Elijah Mhlanga, the Department’s spokesperson said protests are affecting learners’ prospects of having a better future.

“Protests of this nature will impact negatively on these young people who are trying to etch out a future and becoming contributing members of society,” he says.

“The actions of these protestors who infringe on citizens right to education needs to be condemned by all caring members of society.”

Despite this, the Department has not changed its deadline for writing supplementary exams, but says 11 subjects have been pre-recorded to assist learners.

Parents and learners can go to:

  1. HD Open View Television Broadcast on Channel 201.
  2. SABC Education Geleza Nathi broadcasts on You Tube or weekdays on SABC 1 from 5 am to 6 am with repeats at 11 pm
  3. DStv Mindset Television Broadcasts on Channel 319
  4. Vodacom E-learning site with no data costs for Vodacom subscribers.
  5. Parents can also request past question papers from the Department, website:

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