The disappointment of failing matric is haunting many students. One pupil has committed suicide and many have run away from home.
Worried parents are phoning the Gauteng Department of Social Development, asking for help.
Lumka Oliphant, spokeswoman for the department, said call centres reported that many children have run away because they couldn’t face fellow pupils who have passed, or their parents.
Last year 688 660 matrics wrote the matric exams. It was the first year the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement, knows as Caps, was written by matrics.
Umalusi said the change in curriculum resulted in more matrics failing.
The national pass matric rate dropped from 78% in 2013 to 75,8% last year.
Maths literacy, physics, maths, business studies and languages experienced a higher failure rate.
Oliphant said the call centres are still receiving calls and they will continue to help distressed matrics and their families.
The call centre number is 0800 428 428 and the SMS line is *120*7867#.
“We call on anyone with problems to please call this number.
“There is help,” Oliphant said.