With the final Matric Examinations just a week away, the Western Cape Education Department has warned candidates to avoid breaking any rules. The department gave a stern warning to students regarding cheating and bringing notes or cellphones into their exam sittings.
Every year, matriculants are asked to sign two documents. These are the matric pledge and a commitment agreement.
The matric pledge is a document in which the student promise to dedicate themselves to their studies for their exams. It also pledges to follow the rules of the exams and to report any contravention of the rules that they become aware of.
The commitment agreement spells out the rules in detail, as well as the consequences for breaking them. It is signed by both the candidate and their parent or guardian so that both acknowledge that they are aware of the rules and the consequences. The document also lists the various responsibilities of both the candidate and their parents.
Getting ready for your exam
The department has urged matriculants to make use of its annual Matric Support booklet. This contains past papers in high enrolment subjects, the exam timetable, study tips, post-matric advice, and pass requirements.
It also provides candidates and their parents with all the details on when and how the results will be released. They include the dates for re-mark and re-check applications and how to apply for supplementary exams if they would like to improve their marks.
“Our Grade 12 teachers have been doing a phenomenal job preparing their learners for the exams, despite challenges like loadshedding. We thank them for their hard work, and wish them all the best as they continue to ensure that learners are well-prepared for post-school education and employment opportunities.”
Check your mental health before and during exams
Final matric exams are always a stressful time for students. Learners are therefore urged to reach out to their school, or the Safe Schools Hotline (0800 45 46 47 toll free), if they are struggling to cope with the pressure.
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is also offering coping tips to candidates ahead of the examinations.
SADAG is hosting a support group on Thursday the 19th of October at 6 pm on their Instagram LIVE. The group will provide students with tips and coping strategies to help during final exams. This as everyone’s reactions to the pressures of an upcoming test are different. It is normal to feel nervous or anxious.
Use all the support available to you, work hard every day, and we will celebrate with you when the results are released!