Tri­als and tribu­la­tions

Post - - News - JO­LENE MARRIAH

THE MA­TRIC trial ex­ams ended to­day (Wed­nes­day) with some pupils con­clud­ing they were a “real eye opener”.

With just 26 days to the big­gest test of their school lives – the Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate ex­ams – most are now burn­ing the mid­night oil, and plan­ning to make the most of their time when schools close at the end of the third term on Fri­day.

POST gauged the feel­ing among pupils at PR Pather Sec­ondary School in Mere­bank.

Wan­disa Bhengu, 17, of uM­lazi, found physics par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing.

“The tri­als have been a real eye opener for what’s needed in prepa­ra­tion for the fi­nal ex­ams. It was a great plat­form to see how much work still needs to be done.”

Su­varn Bal­mukan, 17, of Mere­bank, found cer­tain pa­pers “a bit tricky”.

“How­ever, it wasn’t too bad. Most ques­tions were sim­i­lar to past years’ pa­pers.”

Su­varn, who plans to study busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion next year, found maths and Afrikaans chal­leng­ing.

Kamini Naicker, 17, of Mere­bank, who wants to en­roll for a BCom de­gree next year, also found the tri­als an eye­opener.

“The in­ter­pre­ta­tion of cer­tain pa­pers was chal­leng­ing.”

She par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the ac­count­ing pa­per.

Kamini said she would be spend­ing the next few weeks go­ing over past exam pa­pers.

Sashin Lutchan, 17, from the Bluff, said he was hop­ing to achieve a ‘B’ ag­gre­gate in the trial ex­ams.

While the ex­ams were “good over­all”, he found maths chal­leng­ing and planned to use a re­vi­sion book­let which his teacher handed out this week.

Ntombovuyo Sabuka, 18, of the Eastern Cape, found the trial pa­pers to be “clus­tered”.

“Last week we wrote maths, life science and physics and it was a short week be­cause of Her­itage Day.”

Physics and maths were chal­leng­ing, Ntombovuyo said.

Ol­wethu Dube, 17, of uM­lazi, found the tri­als easy com­pared to past pa­pers.

“This was a real wake-up call for the fi­nals.”

Ol­wethu said she had mixed emo­tions af­ter the tri­als but was go­ing full steam ahead with prepa­ra­tions for the fi­nals.

No­mawethu Gama, 17, of Mere­bank, also found physics chal­leng­ing.

She was aim­ing for dis­tinc­tions in most of her sub­jects and would join a study group over the hol­i­days.

Prin­ci­pal Val Satyan­dra said 141 pupils were reg­is­tered to write the fi­nals. The school had at­tained an 86% pass rate last year and was hop­ing to im­prove on this, Satyan­dra said.

“My big­gest chal­lenge has been pro­gressed learn­ers (pupils moved up grades with­out meet­ing the pass re­quire­ments).

“They are dif­fi­cult to deal with as they do not have a good work ethic.”

Ac­cord­ing to the na­tional Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion, the to­tal num­ber of reg­is­tered can­di­dates are 801 688, with 674 232 full-time can­di­dates and 127 456 part-time.

It con­firmed that over 10 mil­lion ques­tion pa­pers were printed and ready to be dis­trib­uted to al­most 7 000 ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres.

Spokesman Eli­jah Mh­langu also con­firmed that ap­prox­i­mately 65 000 in­vig­i­la­tors and 35 000 mark­ers would be sta­tioned at 118 mark­ing cen­tres around the coun­try af­ter the fi­nals.

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