GOOD LUCK, MATRICS

DRUM - - Ed'S Note -

Good luck to all the ma­tric learn­ers who’ll soon be writ­ing their year-end ex­ams across South Africa. The ar­ti­cle “The suc­cess­ful stu­dent” (4 Oc­to­ber) con­tains many use­ful tips for manag­ing this stress­ful pe­riod, which is the most im­por­tant time of your school ca­reer. You worked hard through­out the years and the mo­ment has fi­nally ar­rived.

It’s time to show hard work pays. If you have work you still need to cover, it’s never too late. A good ma­tric pass doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean you’ll go places but it means you’re in line for suc­cess. Af­ter all, ma­tric isn’t ev­ery­thing but it un­locks a door to the next level.

Your par­ents may not be able to send you to the in­sti­tu­tion of your dreams but re­mem­ber an ex­cel­lent pass will qual­ify you for fi­nan­cial aid such as bur­saries and study loans. Re­mem­ber to think care­fully about what you want to study as this will de­ter­mine what op­por­tu­ni­ties you’ll have once you start look­ing for a job. GOD­FREY MALIBE, ACORNHOEK

I’d like to ap­peal to the fam­ily and friends of stu­dents who are writ­ing ma­tric to do all they can to sup­port these learn­ers. Ma­tric is an ex­tremely tough year and stu­dents have enough in­ter­nal pres­sure which, when com­bined with pres­sure from fam­ily and friends, can be de­bil­i­tat­ing.

Please be kind to ma­tric­u­lants and let them know there’s life af­ter that fi­nal exam – pass or fail. Gen­uine sup­port is a price­less gift. QHAWEKAZI KHANYILE, EMAIL

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