Its one of the most important years of your schooling career, however, Covid-19 has turned matric 2020 on its head for learners across the country. We chat to Salma Frazenburg about her daughter’s matric year and offering support for children during a pandemic. 

Last week was the start of the final matric exams and speaking to Salma Frazenburg, you can tell just how anxious she is about her daughter’s final push over the finish line.

Salma’s 18-year-old daughter, Aaliyah.

The National Senior Certificate examinations started on 5 November and will end on 15 December. The Basic Education Department rescheduled the exams by combining the June and November timetable to accommodate the disruptions caused by Covid-19. This will be the largest public examination administered in the country with a total of 1 058 699 candidates.

Despite these difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic, Salma says her daughter received incredible support from her school, easing the burden on parents. Salma’s 18-year-old daughter Aaliyah is a matric learner at La Rochelle Girls’ High School in Paarl.

According to Salma, the school made it effortless for parents during this period. “The learners received their lessons electronically,  WhatsApp groups were created and even the principal was available via various social/online media platforms.”

The lessons were uploaded online so learners could utilise them during revision. The school also offered additional tutoring so parents could have piece of mind that their kids weren’t missing any important work. 


Salma says although her daughter is nervous about the final exams, she is well-prepared. However, maths is her daughter’s kryptonite. “We are not worried about other subjects, but maths and science are a bit tricky,” she says.

Salma believes an open flow of communication is crucial during a stressful period like this. This is why she tries to maintain a close relationship with her daughter. “If my daughter has a problem, we will discuss it until we find a solution. We do this often, and although I get tired sometimes, I always make that sacrifice.”

One of Aaliyah’s favourite things to do when she feels overwhelmed is to go to a tranquil place and forget about school, says Salma.

I want her to feel comfortable enough to open up to me. I never had a close relationship with my mother so having this relationship with my daughter is important.”

Salma’s daughter, who takes after her father, would like to pursue a career in Computer Science one day. She hopes to study BSc. Computer science at the University of the Western Cape next year.

Good luck to all the learners with the final exams, and good luck to all the parents waiting in anticipation for the results. 




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