The frus­trat­ing re­al­ity

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The Mail & Guardian spoke to sev­eral pupils who wrote sup­ple­men­tary ex­ams last year and none of them knew about the Sec­ond Chance pro­gramme.

Three grade 12 teach­ers also said pupils writ­ing sup­ple­men­tary ex­ams are left to their own de­vices.

A Free State pupil who wrote sup­ple­men­tary ex­ams last year said he stud­ied on his own. He had reached out to his for­mer teach­ers for help, but never got any be­cause they were al­ways busy.

“I would get help from friends, but it was hard and I felt dis­cour­aged be­cause I did not have any­where to go for help. I failed in the end. I’m think­ing of try­ing again but, with no help, I don’t know whether things will be bet­ter this time.”

An­other pupil from the East­ern Cape said the only in­for­ma­tion he re­ceived from his school was that he qual­i­fied for a sup­ple­men­tary exam, but it was never pointed out where he should go to get ex­tra classes or any learn­ing ma­te­rial.

“It’s not easy study­ing on your own. You study for five min­utes and, when you don’t un­der­stand some­thing, you leave it and end up not study­ing for that day be­cause you don’t even know where you can go for as­sis­tance,” the pupil said.

He said he also failed his sup­ple­men­tary ex­ams and has lost all hope that he would get his ma­tric cer­tifi­cate. He now works as a herder to make ends meet. — Bongek­ile Macupe

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