Into the final stretch
With matric examinations looming, pupils, teachers and the education MEC offer tips for success
WORKING consistently and diligently are key factors in achieving excellent results in the upcoming matric examinations. This is according to Grade 12 pupils from the top three high schools in the province.
The Sunday Tribune spoke to matric pupils from Westville Girls’ High, Westville Boys’ High and Durban Girls’ High School this week to find out how they are preparing for the upcoming examinations.
These high schools were placed second, fourth and tenth respectively in a recent top 100 countrywide school survey based on matrics from 2008.
Minenhle Thusi, 17, a pupil from Westville Girls’, who aspires to be either a doctor or the president, says the one thing that makes her school stand out is the structure of the curriculum.
“I’m grateful for being a learner at my school because it helped me discover myself. When you’re comfortable, you’re bound to perform better,” said Minenhle.
Mumta Hargovan, 17, said the co-operation between teacher and pupil is key to producing good results.
“Our teachers ensure that we finish the syllabus early so that we have more than enough time to study. They really push us with revision.”
How much of a push do these pupils get to produce such sterling results? Ayanda Mfusi, 17, also from Westville Girls, explains: “People may think our school is run like a prison, which is not true. We actually have a lot of fun and there are many extramural activities. We are one big happy family here.”
Sandrini Moodley, 18, agreed. “We are actually given a lot of space to prepare ourselves and we really don’t feel overworked.” She offered a study tip to other matriculants: “I find posters work wonders. I summarise my work on posters and stick them up on my wall”.
The Tribune also visited Westville Boys to see how their matric pupils are preparing. The common denominator in this school is that all the boys felt it their duty to maintain the good reputation of the school.
“When you attend a school like this, you cannot fail and you certainly won’t. The dedication of teachers and the learning environment all help us through,” said Mohamed Mea, 17.
For study tips, Jarryd Lunn, 18, said students must learn to use past papers because they give a useful idea of how the paper is going to be structured.
Leigh Shankland, 18,said he also does not have much time to study because of his swimming career but thanks to the quality of teaching, he always performs well. He has South African Junior colours in swimming and has participated in local and international competitions. “I’d like to be an accountant as I like working with numbers. Writing essays and working with words is not for me,” said Shankland.
The last stop on the Tribune’s quest to uncovering the secrets behind these highflying schools was Durban Girls’ High School.
Nandi Mthimkhulu, Megan Roux – both 17 – and Reheshwar Naidu, 18, praised their teachers for working hard to put the school on the map and modelling them into respectful and intelligent young women.
Mthimkhulu said she is working hard to prepare for the exams as she believes hard work pays off.
“You can’t expect to get good results if you don’t put in the necessary effort. That would be my advice for learners who want to do well.”