Anxiety looms over university prospects as matric exams get underway

Some matricualnts are worried that they will not make it into university in 2017 due to fees protests.

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CAPE TOWN - The Basic Education Department says it has noted that some matriculants are anxious over their prospects of getting into university next year.

This morning Minister Angie Motshekga visited Kensington High School.

The 2016 matric exams got underway today.

The national senior certificate exams come amid violent protests at many universities which have led to campuses having to be shut down.

There are also fears that school-leavers won't be able to enter the tertiary education system in 2017 due to this.

The minister's spokesperson Troy Martens says: "I spoke to one of the learners here at Kensington High School and she said to me she applied to CPUT and she is very worried because of their Bellville campus being burned down. So it is creating some anxiety. We have seen some anxiety among the grade 12 learners about next year."

Martens has appealed to students taking part in the protest to save the academic year.

"We are pleading with them to really save the year, write their exams get through to second year so they can make some space for our grade 12's next year."