How to deal with matric stress
THE ANXIOUS wait for the 2016 matric results is finally over. While some candidates have made it, others are disappointed because they either failed or did not do as well as they expected.
Parents and guardians have been cautioned and asked to be supportive to their children. Nola Payne, head of faculty: Information and Communication Technology at The Independent Institute of Education said: “This coming period will pave the way for the future response, and determine the nature of the conversations that can be held to plan the next steps.
“This will significantly impact the way that the disappointment is experienced and managed.”
Payne warned that the way adults manage these next few weeks can significantly impact on the resilience of matriculants following a disappointment.
The adults have to remember that their first words and reactions may leave a lasting impact.
“The first thing to do is for the adults to take stock and consider their unified position so that the energy can be focused on the learner,” Payne said.
“Tension will increase as the results release day approaches and may include higher levels of anger and aggression as part of a defensive mechanism against the expected parental responses.”
Payne said matric pupils should be encouraged that even if they have not done well, there are other options to consider.
Stressed or depressed candidates can contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group on their helpline number 0800 12 13 14 or SMS 31393.
They are open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.
Higher levels of anger and aggression