The Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) is tired of loud noise disturbing matrics trying to study and has called on tavern owners to keep the volume down.
Matrics are studying hard and sitting for their final exams, which started across the country this week.
While many have wished the class of 2020 good luck and urged them to work hard, Contralesa has gone a step further by taking up the fight against high noise levels that can make it difficult to study and prepare properly for the exams.
President Kgosi Mathupa Mokoena told SAfm on Thursday that they had received several complaints from citizens about taverns and liquor outlets, especially in townships and rural areas, that play loud music.
He said that pupils were trying to make up for time lost to the Covid-19 lockdown, which saw schools close for months.
“They are busy trying to make up for all the lost time they couldn’t go to school and people are playing this loud noise. Our poor learners can’t focus, they can’t concentrate.
“Therefore, I am making this special appeal, humbly, to all the tavern owners and liquor outlets to please, for the sake of our learners, lower your music. If you may, just cut it out for this short period to allow students to write their examinations,” he said.
The basic education department announced on Wednesday that matric pupils who test positive for Covid-19 will be allowed to write their final exams.
This after it had earlier said that pupils with Covid-19 would not be allowed to enter exam centres.
Speaking on Thursday at the start of the exams at Sekano-Ntoane High School in Soweto, basic education minister Angie Motshekga said the year had been a difficult one for pupils and educators but the department was relieved to see the exams begin.
“We have no doubt that the system is ready … The sector went beyond their means to make this day possible,” said Motshekga.
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