Mixed bag of emo­tions over re­sults in Soweto

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TANKISO MAKHETHA

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.

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