Taxi strike likely to impact pupils' matric exams: Lesufi

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Traffic stands still as South African National Taxi Association members take part in a go slow action in Midrand on June 15, 2017, part of a nationwide protest against higher rates for financing their vehicles.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has urged parents to take precautions and prioritise their children&39;s safety on Wednesday during an expected national taxi strike.

The National Taxi Alliances will be marching to the Union Buildings on Tuesday morning from the old Putco depot in Marabastad, with a detour past the Department of Transport offices on Struben and Bosman streets.

There is expected to be significant disruption in Pretoria central, but of chief concern to the education department is the lack of transport for pupils, who will be writing matric examinations on the day.

“It is concerning and unfortunate that, such activities continue to be organised during this critical period of examinations in the education environment, actually such activities subvert the country.  All our Grade 12 pupils should be preoccupied with preparations and excelling in their work rather than with any other activity that is derailing their efforts and focus," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

He said matric pupils would not be penalised if they were late for exams because of the strike.

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"All chief invigilators will assist and afford all Grade 12 pupils who might arrive late an opportunity to write their final exam accordingly.  The department will invoke necessary prescripts for all those pupils who might not make it to the exam. Chief invigilators will also use their discretion to accommodate learners to write at alternative centres.

Children in other grades would also be accommodated.

"The department has communicated to all school principals to give inner grades children who might not make it to school on Wednesday another opportunity to write any assessment that might be missed.

"We appeal to parents to make necessary alternative transport arrangements, especially for our Grade 12 pupils," Lesufi said.