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Education Department not expecting a matric exam crisis after Eskom extends power cuts

VAAL TRIANGLE - The Basic Education Department said it was not expecting a final-year exam "crisis" now that Eskom this morning extended power cuts until at least this weekend. Eskom this morning admitted that it was battling to keep the lights on and announced that it would be switching off power according to the stage two schedule until at least the weekend. More than half a million matrics across the country will be sitting to write the English Paper One tomorrow and there were worries that the power cuts would delay their travel plans to exam halls. EWN reports the department's Elijah Mhlanga urged parents and guardians to make sure that pupils leave their homes earlier to avoid traffic jams caused by blackouts. Mhlanga said that natural light is usually sufficient for writing with just pen and paper.


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