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Wed Aug 24 23:35:35 SAST 2016

There is still hope - Zuma reassures failed matrics

Lizeka Tandwa | 05 January, 2016 17:17
President of South Africa Jacob Zuma gestures during a news briefing with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (not pictured) at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, November 17, 2015.
Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS

Matriculants who failed their 2015 exams could either rewrite them or get vocational training, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

Going the vocational training route would help provide much-needed technical skills, said Zuma, who himself has no formal education.

In a statement, he urged families, neighbours, government and communities to support all the Grade 12 pupils who wrote their exams this year, particularly those who failed.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga would announce the National Senior Certificate examination results in Midrand on Tuesday evening.

On December 30, matric exam quality assurer Umalusi, warned that the national pass rate would be lower than the 75.8% achieved in 2014.

Pupils could call the basic education department’s toll-free number 0800 202 933 for advice. The department had a second chance matric programme, which was intended to help those who failed.

The social development department had set up a 24-hour helpline, staffed by social workers, to provide counselling.

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group’s 24-hour helpline was 0800 12 13 14.

Source: News24

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