We nailed it, say matric pupils
FOR Makhosi Radebe, studying mathematics is not just a means to widen her options when applying at tertiary institutions, it’s also a ticket out of poverty.
Radebe, a Grade 12 pupil at Menzi High School in uMlazi, wrote Maths Paper 2 yesterday and said she felt the paper was “not bad” and she was confident she had passed.
Speaking to the Mercury, she explained that she chose to study commerce subjects because they would guarantee her a better future.
“I know with mathematics I can go into engineering, accountancy, even medicine.
“These career fields will enable me to better the lives of my community and my family, and I might be lucky and get a scholarship if my results are excellent,” she said.
School principal Muntu Ntombela said the school had had a 100% pass rate last year, and was hoping to achieve the same result with this year’s 126 matrics.
“We’ve been holding after hours and weekend revision classes to assist students who need further help, and to revise the whole year’s work.
“We are fortunate that the students are dedicated and the teachers are equally dedicated.”
She added that crime was a major factor that disturbed their extra lessons, and a pupil had almost been raped a day before the start of the exams.
For Sibusiso Magcaba, yesterday’s exam was a walk in the park and he expected to pass with flying colours.
“Mathematics is generally not an easy subject, but because of the preparation our teacher has taken us through, I can say I wrote with confidence and I am positive that I will pass.
“I expect a very good result,” he said.
Matric pupils will write Geography today and isiZulu tomorrow.
Menzi High School matric pupils Lindokuhle Kwashube, Sindiswa Khuzwayo, Nomfundo Zuma and Sibusiso Magcaba were in high spirits after writing Maths Paper 2 at their uMlazi school yesterday.