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As we do a count down to announcement of 2019 matric results tomorrow, department of basic education urged families to support children at this moment.
The department expressed these utterances taking in consideration that it is during this time where we find certain learners who couldn’t manage to make it through past matric having anxiety and some get depressed.
There has been reported deaths in the past of learners who have committed suicide after failing matric out of embarrassment.
Department of Social Development also stepped in on this course and offered free counseling to those who might need it afterwards.
They urged learners not give up and think it is the end of the world because they can always come back start afresh.
The department of social development said the centre may be contacted through the toll-free number 0800-428-428 or callers could also request a social worker from the centre to contact them by dialling *120*7867# (free) from any cellphone.
Speaking in an interview with another media house the department’s spokesperson Lumka Oliphant said the interesting thing about the call centre is that it can also detect your location as you call.
In that way they can allocate the nearest social worker to you.
“We appeal to parents to look out for any signs of depression expressed by their children so that interventions can be sought early to help the youngsters deal with the outcome of their examinations.”
She said deaf callers could also interact with the centre using Skype.
“Just add ‘HELPMEGBV’ to their contacts and a social worker will accept the invite.”
Results will be announced by Minister Motshekga on SABC 1 and national radio stations at 18:00pm.