By Robert Maswanganyi
The MAC for the Department of Social Development, Nkakareng Rakgoale has on Thursday urged parents and the public to support the learners who did not pass their 2019 matric examinations.
She said that parents who notice signs of depression in their children who did not pass their matric exams, including those who failed the lower grades, are advised to approach social workers who will be able to provide them with psychosocial support services.
“These are trained professionals who are able to provide all the necessary support to people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives,” said Rakgoale.
She further emphasized that the Department of Basic Education has the Second Chance Matric Support Programme which is aimed at giving a second chance to learners to write their exams again.
“It is important to indicate that while we are celebrating those who passed their matric, let’s also focus on those who did not make it as there is always a second chance for them to go back to school and improve on their marks,” added Rakgoale.
“A national Command Centre has been opened where our social workers are readily available to offer counselling to our children. The Command Centre can be contacted on the following number: 0800 428 428,” concluded MEC Rakgoale.