Department Urges Eskom To Postpone Loadshedding During Exam Period

Perhaps one of the most pressing challenges facing the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is when perceptions are created that learners are being disadvantaged due to Eskom's continued blackouts. Exams inherently induce anxiety, panic and stress, with loadshedding putting more pressure and cutting study times, there is nothing worse. 


The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) MEC for Education, Kwazi Mshegu says Eskom has shown that loadshedding can be posponed as they did during elections.

The MEC calls on the power utility, Eskom, to suspend its loadshedding schedule when exams are in progress.

Mshengu further said students complain that the blackouts disrupt their exam preparations as they study from home. 

Loadshedding is a problem, learners were saying themselves that they find it hard to study when they are at home because of loadshedding. 

He added that blackouts have a negative impact on students and Eskom must find alternative ways at least during the sitting of exams.

Mshengu says exams are the second biggest event after elections and they should be protected. 

He said he has written to the national department asking it to negotiate with the power utility to reschedule the load shedding times so that they did not clash with exam times on the day. 

The KZN education MEC says loadshedding is also discussed by other provincial ministers and they share the same concerns. 

Mshengu confirmed that the DBE has organised a meeting with Eskom which will led by the DBE Minister Angie Motshekga. 

However the KZN MEC for education has not revealed when the meeting will take place. 


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