How Cape Town’s Taxi Strike Affected 2022 Final Matric Exams

How Cape Town’s Taxi Strike Affected 2022 Final Matric Exams  This week, Cape Town saw a taxi strike happen which affected the whole city, it’s workforce and learners. This disruption also came as the Matric Class of 2022 partake in their final National Senior Certificate exams.

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, a two-day taxi strike took place in Cape Town. This strike then lead to over 128 000 children having to stay home from school, include Grade 12 learners who are currently writing their final Matric exams.

statement released by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) revealed that on Monday, 128 699 learners in Grades 1 to 11 missed school, and on Tuesday, 128 747 missed school. “What this means is that the strike cost 11% of the Grade 1 to 11 learners of the Western Cape two days of schooling,” read the statement.

Not only learners but the workforce in Cape Town was also affected, including school staff and teachers. 2 435 school staff members were unable to get to school on Monday, and 1 965 on Tuesday.

Due to emptier schools and a big amount of learners missing out on schooling, schools then had to reschedule exams which then leads to a disruption to end-of-year revision, marking, and administrative processes.

However, WCED did report that:

While the SANTACO taxi strike had a severe impact on the other grades, we have received no reports of a candidate missing a matric exam on either Monday or Tuesday.

On Monday, 32 490 matric learners were scheduled to write Life Sciences Paper 2 and on Tuesday, 27 055 were registered for Geography Paper 2. With no one missing their final Matric exams, provisions had to however be made for those impacted by the taxi strike.

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The Monday saw 354 learners who were planning to write Life Sciences. Of these 354 learners, 297 wrote at alternate exam centres, and 57 arrived late at their designated centre but could still write their exam.

On Tuesday, 415 Geography candidates were affected by the taxi strike, with arrangements being made for 358 writing at an alternate exam centre and 57 arrived late to their designated centre but could also still write their exam.

The fact that the exams went ahead as planned is a testament to the preparations our schools and districts have made to ensure that our candidates could get to their exams safely.

“I want to especially thank our principals and teachers for the way in which they took charge in developing and executing contingency plans for their learners to reach their exams, with great success. Our districts, exam officials, and invigilators, did a fantastic job of providing an option for candidates who, despite their best efforts, could not reach their designated exam centre as a result of the strike.”

Before the strike took place, WCED MEC David Maynier, urged SANTACO to delay the strike rather than risk disrupting the national exams and having seen the aftermath said, “While we respect the right to strike, other options should have been explored that would not have had such a disruptive impact on our learners”.

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