Broth­ers eye­ing twin ma­tric exam suc­cess


JOBURG twin broth­ers Jonah and Ben­jamin Austen are used to do­ing al­most ev­ery­thing to­gether, in­clud­ing study­ing for their ma­tric ex­ams.

The pair, who were both pupils at King Ed­ward VII School in Houghton, told The Star that in a bid to pre­pare fully for the fi­nal ex­ams they prac­tised ques­tions on each other and went through past pa­pers for sub­jects such as maths.

The 18-year-old twins were ex­pect­ing a full house of dis­tinc­tions as they be­lieved the ex­ams had gone well and they were fully pre­pared.

“There were no sur­prises for me. I be­lieve that I did well, said Jonah.

Al­though the Eden­vale teenagers have sim­i­lar in­ter­ests, their sub­ject choices and aca­demic pref­er­ences dif­fer.

Jonah’s favourite sub­ject was ac­count­ing as well as sub­jects with a nu­mer­i­cal el­e­ment such as math­e­mat­ics and phys­i­cal science.

For this rea­son, he in­tends to study ac­count­ing sciences at the Univer­sity of Wit­wa­ter­srand.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it. I’m sure I’ll en­joy it,” he said.

Ben­jamin’s favourite sub­ject was his­tory.

“I love learn­ing about the his­tory of things, I find it so in­ter­est­ing.”

Un­like his brother, Ben­jamin was un­cer­tain about what he wants to study and wants to take a gap year to de­cide what he wants to do.

“I’m go­ing to stay on my church’s premises and help out un­til I de­cide what I want to study,” Ben­jamin said.

How­ever, af­ter 12 solid years in a class­room, the boys were plan­ning on spend­ing as much time out­doors as pos­si­ble as they en­joy sev­eral sports such as touch rugby, soc­cer and hockey.

Ben­jamin said they also liked to go on hikes and play video games with friends and fam­ily.

But ul­ti­mately the boys said they en­joyed their time to­gether. “Hav­ing a twin is lik­ing hav­ing a best friend with you all the time,” said Jonah.

Jonah re­ceived seven dis­tinc­tions while his brother man­aged to get three.

DOU­BLING UP: Joburg twins Jonah and Ben­jamin Austen.

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