Department of Education condemns pens-down parties
MBOMBELA - The Mpumalanga MEC for education, Bonakele Majuba, asked all matric learners finishing their examinations soon to refrain from parties.
These so-called 'pens-down' parties are commonly held by grade 12 learners to celebrate the end of examinations and to bid farewell to their fellow matriculants.
“We cannot turn a blind eye on the ill-advised activities of these pens-down parties. We thus appeal to our communities to discourage the hosting of these parties and to discourage learners from attending them. As the second wave of Covid-19 is upon the nation, as announced by the Minister of Health, it is prudent for all of us to stay away from these parties and other social gatherings to guard against the spread of the virus and the dangers and social ills associated with these," said Majuba.
He said the department has noted over the years that these parties have disastrous consequences due to lack of adult supervision and overindulgence in alcohol and drugs, as learners often find themselves experimenting with these.
“These parties also afford learners some degree of exposure to unprotected sexual encounters and many end up driving under the influence of alcohol, which has led to horrific car accidents in the past,” added Majuba.
Majuba further pleaded with the Class of 2020 to desist from tearing their school uniforms, a custom at these parties. He encouraged all learners to instead donate their school uniform to less fortunate learners in their different communities, who may greatly benefit by this and welcome it.
“2020 has been difficult for many households, with many parents not being able to reach their financial targets. The donation of school uniforms will therefore lessen the financial pressure and burden upon such households and will be greatly appreciated,” concluded Majuba.
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