It’s a wrap for matrics, with dead­lines loom­ing

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - TSHEGO LEPULE [email protected]

AS MA­TRIC ex­ams wrap up this week, many school-leavers will be look­ing to start plan­ning for the next phase of their lives. About 796 542 can­di­dates, made of up full-time and part-time pupils sat for their fi­nal ex­ams over the past few weeks across the coun­try

In the Western Cape, the ma­jor­ity of Grade 12 pupils will be writ­ing their last exam – English pa­per 3 – to­mor­row, while the rest of the coun­try con­cludes two days later with agri­cul­tural man­age­ment prac­tices and dance.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Angie Mot­shekga is ex­pected to an­nounce the na­tional and provin­cial re­sults on Jan­uary, 3 while schools and can­di­dates will re­ceive their re­sults the fol­low­ing day, with the names printed in news­pa­pers on Sat­ur­day, Jan­uary 5.

“To all the NSC can­di­dates, I would like to con­grat­u­late you on com­ing this far and mo­ti­vate you to stay fo­cused un­til you have com­pleted your fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tion,” said MEC for Ed­u­ca­tion Deb­bie Schafer.

An­other loom­ing dead­line for matrics is Fri­day for stu­dents seek­ing fi­nan­cial aid from the Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for next year.

The last cy­cle for ap­pli­ca­tions opened in Septem­ber, with more than 262 000 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived.

“Dur­ing the eval­u­a­tion process a to­tal of 44 702 ap­pli­ca­tions with miss­ing sup­port­ing doc­u­ments were de­tected. NSFAS has since com­mu­ni­cated to these ap­pli­cants to sub­mit the re­quired doc­u­ments be­fore the clos­ing date,” said NSFAS’s Kag­isho Mam­abolo.

“We will con­tinue to send out com­mu­ni­ca­tions through the course of the ap­pli­ca­tion cy­cle… We call on all young South Africans who have not yet ap­plied for 2019 fi­nan­cial aid to sub­mit their on­line ap­pli­ca­tions or visit their near­est Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency cen­tres be­fore the clos­ing date.”

And with uni­ver­si­ties and TVET col­leges ex­pected to re­open in late Jan­uary, first-year stu­dents have been en­cour­aged to make sure their ap­pli­ca­tions for fund­ing have been se­cured ahead of time.

“The Univer­sity of Cape Town has ca­pac­ity to en­rol ap­prox­i­mately 4 200 first-year un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents in 2019.

“Un­der­grad­u­ate ap­pli­cants who need fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance must sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tions on the NSFAS on­line ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem,” said spokesper­son Eli­jah Mo­holola.

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