Sick matric pupil to do exams in hospital

2012-10-22 13:14

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga visited a sick matric pupil at Pretoria East Hospital on Monday morning, an official said.

The 19-year-old pupil from Flora Park Comprehensive School in Polokwane, Limpopo, was determined to pass matric despite his ailment, spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said.

Lesufi said he was admitted to the hospital because of a chronic illness and he would sit his exams at the hospital.

The pupil wrote to the department asking for permission to write the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations in the hospital where he was being treated.

He was among the 120 352 part-time pupils who would sit for the NSC in 2012.

Meanwhile, various organisations wished matriculants well as they started writing their final exams on Monday.

"Despite the problems caused by the department of basic education during the course of this whole year, we trust that you were preparing yourselves throughout these difficult times to cover up the lost time caused by the ministry of basic education," the Pan Africanist Congress said in a statement.

The SA Democratic Teachers' Union said: "A quality pass widens one's chances of better career choices."

However, Sadtu expressed its disappointment at the low number of matric pupils writing maths.

"We urge government to put more resources in the teaching of critical subjects like languages and mathematics, because these are needed for the improvement of our country," it said.

Parliament's portfolio committee on basic education encouraged parents, family, friends, and teachers to give pupils the support they needed to successfully complete their exams.

Committee chairperson Hope Malgas said the committee was confident the department would administer the exams in a credible manner.

The Democratic Alliance in the City of Johannesburg also sent best wishes to the matriculants.

"The matrics of 2012 are our first born free generation and we hope that they have prepared well, worked hard, and will continue to do their best until their last paper," said DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane.

The 2012 matric examinations will end on November 28. The results will be released on January 3 2013.

A total of 647 687 pupils have enrolled to write the exams. Of these, 527 335 have enrolled as full-time pupils and 120 352 as part-time pupils.

  • Gogs Lombard - 2012-10-22 13:31

    Best of luck to him and I admire his wish to improve his future. As for SADTU start motivating your members to spend more time in the classroom and do the work that they are employed to do

  • Andrea - 2012-10-22 13:50

    How nice of you, Angie. How about I get that feedback now regarding my daughter's "extra time", she has epilepsy and suffers mostly Petit Mal seizures, sometimes as many as 50+ in a single day. Let us not forget, YOUR department contacted ME and advised that my daughter "qualifies" for this extra time, I only needed to give proof of her condition and send a written request via the school. I have done what you asked me to do, all of this at the beginning of the year already. All I ever hear from YOUR stinking department is that there is "no finalisation on the application" yet. I'll probably get this at the end of 2016, neh Ous? Maybe it's because she's not previously disadvantaged. Hell if she was, she would have made front page news : "Epileptic writes matric against all odds".

      troy.leman.3 - 2012-10-22 14:14

      Sorry to hear that... and yes, the sad truth is you are 100% correct in your perceptions.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-10-22 14:19

      Andrea I feel your pain! But you can rant and rave till you are blue in the face and lo nothing will come of it she like her cANCer cronies won't take blame for anything! I mean why the hell hasn't she been fired yet???

      Andrea - 2012-10-22 14:37

      Thanks for your support! I agree on the firing bit, but I suppose this will sadly only happen once Zooma is out of office.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-22 17:43

      @Andrea. I'm certain a lot of the readers will hold thumbs for your daughter. GOOD LUCK ("Little" Andrea)

  • treveshan - 2012-10-22 14:02

    Blatant PR tactic is blatant

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