Message to matrics: never give up hope
As you read this, matrics are busy putting pen to paper in exams that are the culmination of 12 years of schooling.
Each learner has a goal. Some are aiming for a 100 percent pass in every subject; others would be happy with a B or C average; still more will simply be hoping to get through at the bare minimum level.
Matric certificates will, to a large extent, determine ‘where to from here?’.
There will be those who qualify to proceed to university.
Depending on subjects passed, various careers will be open or closed to some matriculants – maths and science being especially relevant here.
Those who have studied diligently and who prosper academically will find many open doors ahead.
But the reality is that many will scrape through and will battle to find any sort of gainful employment, especially in this time of economic recession.
However, this does not equate to a future without hope; it simply means they will need to be more persistent, resourceful and creative.
There are countless examples of people who failed academically at school, yet went on to build business empires or enjoy highly successful careers.
You are not a failure if you fail matric!
Your talents may lie outside the classroom and the world beckons with opportunities for those who are not afraid to tackle life headon.
Indeed, many who have passed matric with outstanding results have not been able to translate that text book knowledge into practical skills or have battled in social, inter-personal and group situations.
Passing matric is no guarantee of success, although it does show that one is capable of disciplined study and application, which are essential attributes for the working world.
But if you have tried and failed, it’s not the end of the world by any means.
Learn from your mistakes and try again. The ‘giving up’ option won’t get you through school or through life.
We would say ‘good luck’ to the matrics, but in life you make your own luck.
So instead, we wish you clear thoughts, no distractions and many blessings as you sit down to write.
You have not merely learned facts on a variety of subjects, but you have also been forced to discipline yourself.