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Donations stream in for WC matriculants

Over 200 learners will now be able to study for their exams on a full stomach after receiving food parcels.

FILE: The companies who sponsored the donations will also be providing 5,000 other learners from 36 needy schools across the province with food parcels. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - More than 200 Western Cape matriculants will now be able to study for their exams on a full stomach after receiving food parcels today.

Matriculants from Voorbrug High School received the donations after completing their Afrikaans paper one exams.

The companies who sponsored the donations will also be providing 5,000 other learners from 36 needy schools across the province with food parcels.

These packages are enough to sustain the learners for several weeks.

The education department's Debbie Schäfer says thousands of matriculants have to write exams on an empty stomach.

"It consisted of some high quality porridge that could be mixed with water or milk and it's designed to feed at least one person for three weeks. So the intention is to try and ensure that they have food available for the course of their examinations."