Pupils – and teach­ers – pre­pare for ma­tric ex­ams

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS - NOKUTHULA NTULI

MATRICS across the prov­ince were burn­ing the mid­night oil as they pre­pare for their Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate ex­am­i­na­tions which start in a month’s time.

And schools and teach­ers were also go­ing into over­drive to help pupils per­form well.

“I’ve been work­ing hard and the teach­ers have been push­ing us through­out the year. Now I’m just pray­ing that all my hard work is not in vain. I know that I’m go­ing to pass but for me it is about get­ting the nec­es­sary points be­cause I want to study at a univer­sity,” said Nkosi­bomvu Sec­ondary School pupil Samu Nx­u­malo.

She was one of 155 000 pupils who were sched­uled to sit for the first English pa­per around Kwazulu-na­tal on Oc­to­ber 24. Adams Col­lege’s prin­ci­pal Thu­lani Khu­malo said matrics would not be go­ing home when schools close on Fri­day.

“From Sun­day, all our Grade 12 pupils, and those visit­ing from other schools, have to be in the class­room for our 8 to 8 pro­gramme. The first les­son will com­mence at 8am and the last one ends at 8pm ev­ery­day. The pro­gramme will run un­til Satur­day,” he said.

Khu­malo did not know how many pupils from other schools would at­tend as they would be brought by the de­part­ment of ed­u­ca­tion. Adams Col­lege was among the coun­try’s highly rated pub­lic schools, and boasts an alumni that in­cludes for­mer AU chair­per­son Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, IFP leader Prince Man­go­suthu Buthelezi.

Prin­ci­pal of Oh­lange High School, Inanda, Siyanda Nx­u­malo said they would also be host­ing a ma­tric camp at their school dur­ing the third term school hol­i­days. “We have 15 pro­gressed learn­ers but they have been work­ing hard through­out the year so I’m sure not all of them will be mod­u­lar­is­ing. In fact some will do bet­ter than some of their peers who had passed Grade 11,” he said.

Pro­gressed pupils are those who failed Grade 10 or 11 and were then au­to­mat­i­cally pro­moted to ma­tric.

Those that did not cope with the cur­ricu­lum de­mands in Grade 12 would write their ma­tric ex­ams over a two-year pe­riod, tak­ing four sub­jects in the first year and three in the next. At least 20 000 pro­gressed pupils were sched­uled to write their matrics this year but teach­ers were wait­ing for the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of third-term re­sults be­fore ad­vis­ing on their mod­u­lar­i­sa­tion op­tions.

De­part­ment spokesper­son Sihle Mlotshwa said it was con­fi­dent the prov­ince could im­prove from its 2016 pass rate of 69.5% to 76%.

“Our in­ter­ven­tion pro­grammes from the be­gin­ning of the year to date, makes us feel con­fi­dent that we are go­ing to do well dur­ing these ex­ams. Our ad­vice to our matrics is what we have been telling them from the be­gin­ning of the year, that noth­ing beats hard work, prepa­ra­tion and a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.”

Pri­vate schools such as Craw­ford North Coast Col­lege and Ash­ton In­ter­na­tional Col­lege-bal­lito were pre­par­ing pupils for the Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional As­sess­ment Ex­am­i­na­tions or the In­de­pen­dent Ex­am­i­na­tions Board fi­nals.

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