Matrics party up a storm

But depart­ment sug­gests cau­tion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - NOLOYISO MTEMBU

ALL roads lead to Plet­ten­berg Bay this week­end, as Grade 12 pupils de­scend on the Gar­den Route town in their thou­sands to cel­e­brate the end of their fi­nal ex­ams.

The last Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate exam pa­pers – Vis­ual Arts and Mu­sic pa­per two – were writ­ten yes­ter­day, mark­ing not only the end of the ex­ams but the end of the school ca­reers of thou­sands of Grade 12 pupils in pub­lic and pri­vate schools.

Matric can­di­dates who spoke to Week­end Ar­gus this week said they were on their way to Plett to join thou­sands of other Grade 12s from var­i­ous parts of the coun­try in a week-long party.

“It’s a time for us to re­lax and go to the beach or enjoy mu­sic shows with friends,” said He­len Ac­ton of Her­schel School. She and her friends were rent­ing a house which would be their home for the com­ing week of cel­e­bra­tions.

School­mate Shan­dukani Mu­laudzi, who was also look­ing for­ward to the trip, said she was ex­cited.

“It’s a week-long party to cel­e­brate the end of the fi­nal ex­ams,” Mu­laudzi said.

The prospec­tive UCT stu­dents planned to use the time to re­cover from the ex­ams, which they de­scribed as “not easy, but man­age­able”.

But Sa­man­tha Hearn will give the fes­ti­val a miss.

“I am not go­ing be­cause my friends pulled out and I do not want to go with­out them,” she said.

Cel­e­bra­tions for her will con­sti­tute go­ing out with and chilling with friends in Cape Town.

The Western Cape Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment has warned against over-in­dul­gence dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions.

“Matric can­di­dates have worked very hard to get to this point in their lives, and while their de­sire to cel­e­brate is un­der­stand­able, we ap­peal to them to do so re­spon­si­bly,” spokes­woman Jes­sica Shelver said.

The depart­ment en­cour­aged all tak­ing part in matric rage par­ties to re­frain from driv­ing af­ter drink­ing al­co­hol, to al­ways obey the speed limit and other rules of the road, and to avoid dis­trac­tions while driv­ing. “Avoid late-night driv­ing where pos­si­ble, or driv­ing when tired, and en­sure that you and your pas­sen­gers are al­ways buckled up,” she said.

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