Thursday, December 01, 2022

Education MEC urges Classof2022 to be responsible during Matric rages

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has urge candidates of the 2022 NSC exams to celebrate safely and responsibly, as Matric rage events in Plettenberg Bay and Ballito kicks off this weekend. Matric rage parties was halted for the past two years due to South Africa being under COVID-19 lockdown.

Majority of candidates will write their final paper on Friday - Afrikaans Paper 3, with Music, South African Sign language, Dramatic Arts and Agricultural Technology being written on Monday & Tuesday.

‘’While the level of risk in terms of the pandemic is now lower, this does not mean that matrics should let their guard down completely. It is understandable that the Class of 2022 would like to let their hair down and celebrate the end of a difficult few years at school, but we urge them to do so responsibly and in moderation, especially in terms of alcohol consumption,’’ said Education MEC, David Maynier.


The MEC shared the following tips for those attending these events:

·        Familiarise themselves with the safety measures at the event itself, and the relevant local emergency phone numbers;

·        Keep a close eye on their valuables at all times;

·        Similarly keep a close eye on their beverages at all times, and not leave them unattended;

·        Report anything suspicious to SAPS or the event organisers immediately;

·        Avoid drinking and driving; and

·        Set up a buddy system for their own safely, as well as keep in regular contact with their parents.

‘’We do not want to have our candidates’ end-of-year holidays spoiled by becoming targets of crime or being involved in a serious accident. We appeal to parents to make sure that their children understand the risks associated with large social events, and impress upon them the need to behave responsibly so that everyone can enjoy themselves in a safe and respectful manner,’’ added Maynier.


Done By: Mitchum George

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