We nailed it, say ma­tric pupils

The Mercury - - FRONT PAGE - Khumbuzile Mbuqe

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.

PIC­TURE: MOTSHWARI MO­FO­KENG/ANA

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.

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