Matrics un­happy over ‘packed’ fi­nal exam timetable

The Witness - - NEWS - VUYELWA MTOLO • vuyelwa.mtolo@wit­ness.co.za

SHORTLY af­ter their ma­tric English pa­per two yes­ter­day, Ny­onith­wele Sec­ondary School matrics ex­pressed their un­hap­pi­ness over the timetable for their fi­nal ex­ams.

Speak­ing to The Wit­ness, Sa­belo Dladla, Phen­dukani Dlamini, Kwanele Makhanya and Siph­e­sihle Mahlinza all agreed that they were con­stantly un­der pres­sure as all the ma­jor sub­jects were squeezed within one week.

“Though I know I did well in this exam, hav­ing ma­jor ex­ams within one week has made study­ing dread­ful,” said Dladla.

“I con­stantly don’t know which exam to ded­i­cate most of my time on, and that is why I think study­ing in ad­vance should al­ways be em­pha­sised,” said Mahlinza.

While Dladla and Mahlinza said the ex­ams they had writ­ten thus far were all good, Dlamini and Makhanya had a tough time with maths pa­per two.

“I was heart­bro­ken at the fact that there were ques­tions I could not an­swer, it was just sad,” sighed Makhanya.

All four pupils said they were ex­cited to be go­ing to univer­sity, but were not ready to be far away from their fam­i­lies.

“I’m go­ing to study elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of KwaZu­luNatal, and that’s as far as I am will­ing to go,” said Dladla.

“I wish I could go study some­where far, but I need my fam­ily close by. At least I can just get on a taxi and head home when I miss my fam­ily as phone calls are just not enough,” said Mahlinza.

Speak­ing about their ca­reer choices, Makhanya said it was very im­por­tant to him that his fam­ily was sup­port­ive be­cause he was able to choose a ca­reer he was pas­sion­ate about.

“It is easy to be­come a dropout when life gets tough, if your par­ents chose your ca­reer ...” he said.

Matrics un­der the Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate will be writ­ing their life science pa­per one exam to­day, while those un­der the IEB will be writ­ing math­e­mat­ics pa­per one.

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