Monday, February 22, 2021

W.Cape Social Development Department to provide counselling for matric learners and parents ahead of 2020 NSC results

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, is expected to announce the results of the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations on Monday.

The department’s spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said that they are on track to release the results, but noted that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, things would be somewhat different from the previous years.

“We are on schedule. We are just putting on the final touches…We’re doing things differently this year, because of COVID-19 so we can’t gather in one place and do what we have done before. We have come up with a different plan which we are working on right now, but it looks like all province are ready,” Mhlanga said.

The announcement of the 2020 NSC results and top learners by the national minister takes place between 16:00 and 17:00

Western Cape Social Development MEC, Sharna Fernandez, says her department is on standby to provide counselling to learners and parents.

‘’A possible disappointing matric result outcome can be difficult for both learners and parents to come to terms with, and the best way forward may not be clear,” said Fernandez.

“There is no doubt, that a learner’s disappointment about their results, may trigger trauma or other feelings of deep unease. The provincial DSD has trained professionals, who are more than willing to assist both learners and parents, who require psycho-social support during what may be a challenging time.’’ she added.

The support being provided includes debriefing, counselling, psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.

To mitigate the challenge of accessing psycho-social support services during the coronavirus pandemic, services are also being made available via telephonic services, to prevent the further spread of the virus.

You can visit any of the Social Development regional or local offices closest to them, or by contacting the DSD hotline on 0800 220 250 for information on how to access help.


PICTURE: WC DSD


 

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