Good luck matriculants

The Basic Education Department says its all systems go for this year’s matric exams.

The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Mthandeni Dlungwana, and the Head of Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Enoch Nzama, wished all matrics well.

The Department of Education said it was ready.

“All processes, from the registration of examination centres, to the release of results have been planned for,” said KZN spokesman Kwazi Mthetwa.

193 768 matric pupils are set to write the exams.

Interestingly the majority of pupils are female, 85 299 females in comparison to 68 325 males.

The selection of markers was done during the July and August period and 7862 Markers will be appointed.

Marking will take place at 27 centres throughout the province, and will commence on December 1 and conclude on December 15.

Results will be released on January 5, 2018.

Meanwhile, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has advised learners to stay focused and has wished them well.

“Keep your head down, study hard, stay focused and I’m confident you will make us proud. After at least 12 years in the education system, you owe it to yourself to put your all into these examinations so that you are able to take advantage of post schooling opportunities. The world is your oyster, so once more good luck and we ask you to do your best.”



How to deal with exam stress


  1. What stresses you..?

We never stress about life in general, there is always something that triggers it.

For you it may be…

An overdue assignment or project

Worrying about your Tertiary finance, bursary or application

Finding the right matric dance partner….

Taking ten minutes to identify your stressors can greatly reduce the stress itself. Once revealed it’s then simple to eliminate each one by addressing the problem directly.

  1. Always on time

I personally hate being late.

It has an annoying ability to ruin your entire day by making you feel one step behind the rest of the world.

So be on time for school and more importantly your exams. This creates a calmer environment and allows you to prepare for the day or exam better.

This also holds true for tertiary students and workers, so get into the habit early.

  1. Biting off too much

Minimalism is the new black.

Unnecessary commitments in your matric year can hinder state of mind and ultimately lead you to failure.

Common Commitments that are really not required.

Romeo & Juliet…..We all want to find that special one but chances are he or she is not in matric. Being young and in love is romantic, thrilling but also filled with lots of unneeded drama.

Social Butterfly….If you known for your social status and not your matric marks then you may have a problem.

Your schedule should be extremely simple and focused, the more you try to do the more stress you create by not achieving everything.

Your studies come first and foremost this year.

  1. Avoid Drama

Boyfriends or Girlfriends

Difficult People

Haters ………cause haters gonna hate

  1. Clear up

If your study area looks like a war zone, downtown Joburg or a rubbish dump then you have work to do.

Your brain just works better when there is order.

Another area that students typically ignore is organizing their study material. Get everything together and get it organized, doing this alone creates an inner confidence that can only help.

  1. Detox

This unfortunately does not mean going for a spa treatment

It’s setting aside time for You. To do absolutely nothing……and not feel guilty about it.

  1. Graze

Eating healthily is extremely overstated these days but its stress reducing powers cannot be underestimated.

Good Eating Tips

Limit Coffee, Red Bull, Play Energy Drink, Monster Energy and Steri Stumpy Intake

Eat something neutral for breakfast, such as porridge, weetbix or muesli.

Remember Fruit? Try some….

Most people hate drinking water but failure to consume a reasonable amount causes our bodies to be continually dehydrated. The negative effects of this dehydrated state do not help when trying to concentrate.

  1. Just do It


Kill the procrastination.

Nothing beats the Matric Stress than Tackling your books with vigor and verve.

Byrone Athman

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