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.