Umalusi awaits contingency plans after heavy hailstorms

JOHANNESBURG – Quality Assurance body Umalusi said it is expecting contingency plan reports for matric pupils based in hail ravaged provinces.

Umalusi raised these concerns following heavy hailstorms that affected more than 300 schools in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Gauteng province over the past week.

The storms not only destroyed infrastructure in learning institutions but also destroyed homes and businesses in the provinces.

At least eleven people in KZN and five in Gauteng died as a result of heavy downpours and heavy winds.

Authorities from Umalusi have raised concerns about the trauma that matric students in these provinces might have when writing their examinations.

Ever since the hailstorms, other schools have temporarily closed their doors meaning that learners are also losing much of their time to prepare for their matric examinations.

Umalusi have already declared that the South African examination system was ready for the 2017 final examinations.

Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister, said her office was doing everything in power to devise suitable solutions for learners affected by hailstorms.

She also said her office was doing everything to ensure that matric learners in strife-torn Vuwani in Limpopo including those affected by protests over demarcation disputes get to write their exams .

2017 matric results are set to take place at more than 6,844 centres across 9 South African provinces.

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