Mixed bag of emotions over results in Soweto
MATRICULANTS across Soweto had mixed feelings after receiving their results and conceded that more could have been done to improve their outcome.
Pupils who spoke to The Star yesterday morning said they were satisfied with their results, despite experiencing some difficulties.
“The guilty are always afraid, and I wasn’t afraid because I was not guilty as I worked hard to get the results I got,” said Jack Mashele, a pupil from Progress Comprehensive High School in Pimville.
The 20 year old acknowledged that his schooling journey had not been an easy one, having failed twice. However, he found the going a lot easier the third time round.
“I didn’t feel like matric was challenging because I wasn’t the first to go into that exam room. There were people who went in there and came out with distinctions. I said to myself, ‘If so and so managed to get distinctions, I can do the same,’” Mashele said.
He said he wanted to pursue a career in education and believed he had done enough to realise his dream.
“Education was my first option because I want to give back to my school. I feel like teachers are the most important people in society because they help shape the future of any country.”
There was disappointment, however, for some pupils who failed to get the results they were aiming for.
“I am not happy with my marks because they don’t reflect the hard work I put in. I got low marks for subjects I expected to perform well in and good marks for subjects that were not my strong point,” said Ketshepileng Mochwaiwa, also from Progress Comprehensive High School.
The 18 year old was left disappointed and confused, but said she would take some time out to decide what to do next.
“I was expecting better results. It’s hard because I don’t qualify for the degree I wanted to do. I will have to think about my future, but I will not rewrite my exams. I’ll choose another qualification,” she said.
Diketso Olifant, who went to Musi High School in Pimville, said he had not got his statement at the time of the interview, but had seen his name in the newspaper in the morning.
“I saw my name in the newspaper and my results indicate that I qualify to study a diploma.
“I feel like I did well. There were subjects I needed to improve on before my finals. Physics and maths were my biggest problems, but I think I will qualify to study architecture,” he said.
Pupils from Thabo-Jabula Secondary were ambivalent about their results. Some said they were considering rewriting their exams in a bid to improve them.
Maswabi Feret said that, although he had passed, he would be applying to rewrite his exams.
“I feel like I worked hard, but I am not happy with my results. I am heartbroken because I want to be a teacher, but I won’t be accepted into university,” he said.