Matric class of 2023 encouraged to fight as hard as the Boks did to win

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Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has encouraged learners from the matric class of 2023 to fight just as hard as the Springboks did in order to get the desired results.

The Minister’s message comes just days after the Boks made history by becoming the first men’s side to lift the Webb Ellis Cup four times and the second nation to have back-to-back victories at the World Cup.

More than 800 000 candidates sat today for their first final exam.

Some matric pupils say they remain concerned about the possible effects of load shedding as they forge ahead with their exams.
The power cuts made a swift return yesterday after more than a week of consistent electricity supply for South African household.
The blackouts will alternate between stages two and three over the coming days.
Speaking to our sister channel, eNCA, some pupils say they’ve had to make alternative study arrangements due to the power cuts.

The Basic Education Department says while most Computer Application Technology and Information Technology exams were written last week with ease, only a few isolated interruptions were recorded.

Mental health

Meanwhile, health experts have advised parents to support their children’s mental well-being, as the stress of writing exams spark mental health challenges this time of the year.

It is estimated that more than 13% of adolescents aged 10-19 live with a diagnosed mental disorder.

Anxiety and depression make up about 40% of these disorders.

Speaking to YNews, Community Health and Wellbeing Lead Dr Alex Plowright urged parents to assist their children deal with the issue.



Education activist, Hendrick Makaneta, says the class of 2023 must be applauded for their resilience during the most difficult times in the history of the country’s education system.

The class of 2023 was in Grade 9 when COVID-19 hit our shores in 2020.

He has also commended the Department of Basic Education for beefing up security measures to avoid cheating, ensuring that these final exams are not compromised.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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