JOHANNESBURG – Matric pupils from across the country are anticipating their final National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations as the clock ticks towards their first paper.
Pupils enrolled in state schools will commence the examinations on Wednesday (27 October). A total of 897,786 candidates will sit for the 2021 matric examinations.
Reflecting on matric 2021, one such student, Muhammad* from Port Shepstone, told Salaamedia that it was stressful year. However, he said, they “pushed on”.
“It has indeed been a tough and stressful year but one couldn’t have expected any less from 2021, considering that our 2020 academic year was fickle. Nevertheless, we pushed on and made the best and hope to see the fruits of our efforts,” said Muhammad.
Following incidents of paper leaks last year, the Department of Education has introduced strict rules to ensure that the 2021 matric examinations are fair.
Basil Manuel, executive director at the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation (NAPTOSA), has urged parents not to burden pupils with additional pressure.
He said: “They’ve done what should have been done, our teachers have worked extra to catch up for the Grade 11 deficits and now is the time not to apply additional pressure, but rather to create a reassuring environment.”
Manuel also urged learners to get enough sleep and be well-rested before showing up at their respective examination venues.
“You’ve run the race; you’ve been there; you’ve done what you can. Now, you are rounding up – don’t try and do more and do the impossible by trying to study through the night. This is not the time for that [because] you need to be well rested,” he said.
*Not learner’s real name.
Julie Alli spoke to Basil Manuel, executive director at the National Professional Teachers’ Association (NAPTOSA), on News & Views. Listen to the full discussion here: