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BIG BEND – U-Tech Head teacher Mavela Shongwe insists that local schools will continue offering the South African National Senior Certificate (Matric) syllabus beyond 2019.

He said this while addressing the media yesterday morning when the Matric Swaziland centre officially released its 2017 results.
Early last year, it was reported that local schools would no longer offer Matric following a decision reportedly been taken by the South African Department of Basic Education.


Shongwe said parents of pupils currently enrolled at schools offering Matric and those who want their children to enrol for the syllabus should not panic.
“After 2019, we will continue offering Matric. We are banking our hopes on the ongoing parliamentary process whereby a Parliament selected a committee to look into the matter. We remain positive.”

He stated that another reason they were confident that beyond 2019 they would continue offering the syllabus was because of discussions they had recently with education officials from South Africa.

“When we were writing our last paper in November, we were visited by a high-powered delegation from the KwaZulu Natal province where we are affiliated. They interviewed us and we also had some discussions. However, I cannot reveal the details of those discussions.”

Further, he said in the event local schools are stopped from offering the syllabus in 2019, U-Tech has ‘plan B’ but did not unpack what this was.


Shongwe urged parents to continue to enrol their children in local schools offering the syllabus, adding that they should stop taking their children to South African schools, which offer the same syllabus.

He noted how he was surprised to find pupils and parents queuing for study permits at the South African High Commission in Mbabane while local schools offering the Matric do not require study permits.

“Bring your pupils to us and save yourselves time and money,” said Shongwe.
A total of nine schools sat for the Matric examination at the U-Tech Big Bend last year.
The schools include: U-Tech, WEM, Pro Learning, Phumelele High, Mbalenhle Christian Academy, SAIM School, Hillside College and Brookville Institute.

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