Mes­sage to matrics: never give up hope

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO OPINION -

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.

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