Gauteng records 'concerning' rate of matric exam absenteeism

Gauteng records 'concerning' rate of matric exam absenteeism

The Gauteng Department of Education recorded what it has described as a concerning rate of absenteeism on the first day of the matric exams on Monday.

Matric Exams 2020
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The Class of 2023 kicked off their exams on Monday with English Home Language Paper 1 and English First Additional Language Paper 1.

Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona says the majority of districts had no issues, although there were a few instances of absenteeism.

"We have noted a few instances of absenteeism among full-time candidates in our districts. In Tshwane West, a majority of full-time candidates attended.

"However, about eight candidates approached officials stating that they were not ready to write, two other candidates did not write due to unknown whereabouts, which is concerning. Three other candidates were also hospitalised due to health issues and were unable to write.

"In Ekurhuleni South, most full-time candidates also wrote their exams. However, one candidate was caught with a cell phone in the exam center, which is not allowed. 

"In such an instance, the candidate might not be resulted on the subject in question, which is disadvantageous towards their final results.

"We have recorded a concerning rate of absenteeism among part-time candidates from all districts as well, " says Mabona.

Mabona reminded pupils of the pledges they signed.

"To this end, we wish to re-emphaise the commitments which candidates vowed to fulfill by having signed the NSC pledge. 

"Candidates are discouraged from transgressing their pledge. Candidates must always adhere to exam rules and regulations to maintain the integrity of the examinations and their future.

"All candidates must honour their exams and regulations as outlined in the pledge. Therefore, unwarranted absenteeism is unacceptable."


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