Ma­tric pupils de­layed by protest al­lowed to write

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

Gaut­eng Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi granted con­ces­sions for Grade 12 pupils who ar­rived late for their Ma­tric ex­am­i­na­tions yes­ter­day morn­ing due to a farm­ers march on high­ways.

“It is in our best in­ter­ests not to dis­ad­van­tage our pupils for this un­for­tu­nate even­tu­al­ity which is be­yond their con­trol.

“It is re­gret­table that they had to write this im­por­tant pa­per un­der tormenting con­di­tions,” Le­sufi said in a state­ment.

The depart­ment said that all the pupils who ar­rived late were al­lowed into the ex­am­i­na­tion rooms at dif­fer­ent cen­tres in the Tsh­wane and Sed­ibeng ar­eas, in­clud­ing those who turned up be­yond the one hour cut-off time.

“Some pupils were also al­lowed to write at al­ter­na­tive cen­tres,” the depart­ment said.

“Ad­min­is­tra­tive pre­scripts will be in­voked for all those who missed today’s pa­per.”

The depart­ment added that, ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion they had, the ma­jor­ity of pupils had writ­ten their pa­pers and the num­ber of pupils who missed the exam was min­i­mal.

Yes­ter­day thou­sands of peo­ple took to the streets in dif­fer­ent parts of South Africa in a protest dubbed #Black­Mon­day to raise in­ter­na­tional aware­ness about the at­tacks and killings of farm­ers in the coun­try.

Sev­eral ma­jor roads were blocked in cities across the coun­try. – ANA

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