Warn­ing against ma­tric ‘pens down’ cel­e­bra­tions

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Thando Ndlovu

KING Cetshwayo’s Ed­u­ca­tion District Direc­tor, David Chonco, has dis­cour­aged ma­tric­u­lants from at­tend­ing ‘pens down’ cel­e­bra­tions af­ter fin­ish­ing their fi­nal pa­per of the year.

His re­marks come in the wake of re­ports of nu­mer­ous cel­e­bra­tions planned through­out the district.

‘I wish to ap­peal to all par­ents to as­sist us by dis­cour­ag­ing their chil­dren from tak­ing part in these gath­er­ings.

‘Our ex­pe­ri­ence with these pens down cel­e­bra­tions is that they end up leav­ing scars and tears to many learn­ers, who may find them­selves as rape vic­tims while oth­ers may lose their lives.

‘We fail to un­der­stand the logic be­hind these cel­e­bra­tions, be­cause life does not end with a ma­tric cer­tifi­cate. Ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion still awaits them.

‘It is also dis­ap­point­ing to see some learn­ers tear­ing up their uni­forms while there are count­less chil­dren who go with­out school uni­forms,’ he said.

Chonco also com­mended the role played by teach­ers, par­ents, school gov­ern­ing bod­ies, tra­di­tional lead­er­ship and the po­lice in the en­sur­ing in­ci­dent free writ­ing of the ex­am­i­na­tions.

The class of 2018 com­pleted their ex­ams this week.

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