Limpopo Education MEC, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya has commended the matric 2022 class for adhering to their pledges made ahead of the start of the final examinations. The MEC was reflecting on the 10 days of the matric examinations.

Limpopo has over 14 0000 learners writing exams this year, the number is inclusive of part-time learners. The province has encountered few challenges ranging from unregistered learners demanding to write and access to schools due to flash floods. The Department has noted reports of few learners who were not able to write because they have either not registered and the matter is receiving attention. There was also a case of learners who were stranded in Sekhukhune due to flash floods but efforts were made with the assistance of the South African Police Services to ensure that learners were at their examination centres on time.

The MEC has also noted the malicious and unfounded reports of matric learners writing examinations under the trees. She says political parties must not abuse their oversight responsility by disturbing learners when exams are in session. The department is working on the infrastructure challenges in some areas and plans to address the backlog are in place. The MEC is calling on interested parties and the community to stay away from the exam centres and afford learners space to write exams without interruptions.

“The first ten days of writing in the province went well and I am happy that the learners are living up to the pledges made three weeks ago, let us continue to rally behind them and afford them the necessary support. I am still making a plea to pub owners to close early and reduce noise but I am equally calling on people who are peddling lies about learners writing under trees to desist from spreading malicious reports that are aimed at derailing us from improving on our matric result”. MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya.

The department will continue to monitor the progress of the examinations and the plea is still out to learners and educators to report irregularities.

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