GDE Discourages “Pens Down Parties”
As the National Senior Certificate Examination is coming to an end today (28 November 2017), the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is satisfied that it has since proceeded without any distraction besides the so called "Black Monday" and the Taxi Strike.
Therefore, the GDE calls upon its candidates to remain focused and to abstain from participating in “pens down parties.”
“Pens down Parties” are events where learners, especially Grade 12 learners, celebrate the end of exams, often these parties lead to tragic incidents.
All sorts of ungodly activities are done in such events including indulging in drugs, unprotected sex, tearing of school uniform something that needs to be condemned in all fronts.
The GDE implores parents to be alert and monitor the movement of their children and discourage them (children) from participating in such acts.
Moreover, the Department appeals to owners of liquor stores and taverns to make it their responsibility that learners do not buy alcohol in their premises.
“We plead with parents and members of the community to discourage these activities since they have the potential to rob our children off their future endeavours. There are people who lost everything because of these activities hence the warning to our children,” said MEC Panyaza Lesufi
“Equally our children need to know that there are more important things in life and consequences of such practices are sometimes detriment. We encourage our learners to donate their school uniform to their respective schools to be used by those who may need it most, instead of tearing same.”
The Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) through the Social Cluster departments has organised activities for youth during the holiday period. The cluster has appointed facilitators, caregivers and site managers for the School Holiday Programme which will run for the first week of December.
Through the said school holiday programme, we are creating opportunities for learners by exposing them to various places of interest in the province.
Learners will transported to various heritage sites as part of the programme known as “know your province campaign”. The following places will be visited: Johannesburg Zoo, Freedom Park, Constitutional Hill, Maropeng and Gold Reef City.
For more information, contact the Gauteng Department of Education’s Spokesperson, Steve Mabona on 072 574 3860.
Issued by the Gauteng Department of Education