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Few irregularities as Matric exams start

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An asthma attack, a car accident, and community unrest caused minor problems on the first day of matric exams across the country on Monday.
In the Western Cape a car accident caused pupils to arrive late for their first exam, basic education department spokesman Elijah Mhlanga said in a statement.

“None of the learners were hurt nor adversely affected in the examinations as they were compensated for the lost time.”

Matriculants wrote English paper one on Monday morning and Visual Arts in the afternoon. In KwaZulu-Natal, there were delays at some examination centres due to community unrest. Pupils were given extra time.

A matriculant in the North West suffered an asthma attack 15 minutes into the examination and did not complete the exam in the required time, provincial education spokesman Brian Setswambung said in a statement.

The pupil, who had to be taken out of the exam room for 95 minutes, would register for the supplementary examination. SABC news reported that more than 400 pupils in Kuruman, Northern Cape, would not write their final exams.

They missed six months of schooling due to a protest by local residents demanding a tarred road. Gauteng education department spokeswoman Phumla Sekhonyane said there were plans to deal with problems.

“The department has established an exams war room to monitor the process and a rapid response team is also on standby to respond to any eventuality,” she said.

The Mpumalanga education department had established a team to help matriculants and their parents.
National Freedom Party President Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi wished the 2014 matrics well.

“As a parent and a mother, I want to congratulate each and every single one of them for enduring cold mornings and scorching sun to be where they are today,” she said in a statement.

“I want to urge them to relax and do what they have been taught throughout the year.”

A total of 688,660 matriculants across the country were registered to write the year-end examination.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was expected to announce the outcome of the examinations on January 5. Pupils would get their results on January 6. SAPA

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