Matric pupils affected by Khayelitsha fire WILL sit exams this week, says WCED

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) says it currently has five matric learners on record that have been directly impacted by the devastating Khayelitsha fire over the weekend.

One person died and more than 2 300 people were displaced after a blaze swept through a section of Town Two on Saturday.

Read: Khayelitsha residents hard at work rebuilding structures after devastating blaze

WCED ministerial spokesperson Jessica Shelver says the five matric pupils will go ahead with final examinations from Tuesday onwards.

This is pending any other alternative decision that could be taken by the national Department of Basic Education (DBE), she says.

Currently, the only other option is for the learners to write their final exams next year in June, Shelver explains.

This will affect any tertiary education prospects they may have for 2019.

Shelver advises that counsellors and psychologists have been made available for affected learners.

She adds that department officials will provide the necessary stationery and resources for the NSC candidates.

We have a record of 52 learners who that lost their homes, of those 5 learners are NSC matric candidates.

Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

The next opportunity that the learners will have to write will be June next year.

Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

If they don't write their exams in this period, their studies next year could be disadvantaged.

Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

At the moment, learners are encouraged to go to the exams this week.

Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

A decision has to be made between the WCED and DBE.

Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

Primary school pupils

At the same time, the principal of Nomsa Mapongwana Primary School in Khayelitsha says 34 of its pupils have been directly affected by the blaze.

Principal Vuyani Somaxhaka explains that the majority of the school community lives in the SST Section where the fire took place.

Somaxhaka says many pupils have been emotionally affected by the blaze, influencing the mood in the classrooms.

He adds that district officials will visit the school to provide counselling to learners and other forms of support.

People wishing to assist with uniforms and other donations can contact the school on 021 824 1429 or contact the principal directly on 083 6484892.

It's a difficult time for learners that are actually affected by this disaster.

Vuyani Somaxhaka, the principal at Nomsa Mapongwana Primary School

I would say more than 50% of the school learners are actually drawn from the SST Section in Khayelitsha.

Vuyani Somaxhaka, the principal at Nomsa Mapongwana Primary School

Most of them are absent because their belongings burned down, their books, uniform and clothes as well. Some of them could not come to school.

Vuyani Somaxhaka, the principal at Nomsa Mapongwana Primary School

As a school, we need emotional and psychological support from the District.

Vuyani Somaxhaka, the principal at Nomsa Mapongwana Primary School

Listen to the WCED's Jessica Shelver on matric pupils affected:

Listen to the principal of Nomsa Mapongwana Primary School:


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