‘Afrikaans paper a piece of cake’

2010-10-29 00:00

SO far so good! That’s what the report back on matric exams has been so far.

Matriculants sat for Afrikaans Paper One yesterday and according to their teachers, many of the pupils felt it was enjoyable with no surprises.

Most pupils said the paper was the best they had ever written.

“They said it was easier than papers that had been set internally by their teachers,” an invigilator at Russell High told The Witness.

This was confirmed by Afrikaans teacher at the school, Elmarie Ludick, who felt the paper was “of a good standard, fair and writable”.

“I did notice that the format was different in one section. But the girls said they found it easier that way. The paper was generally well set. There were lots of ‘soccer’ and ‘vuvuzelas’ in the context. But I guess that was to be expected”

Testimony to her passion for the language and teaching, Ludick claims one of her pupils, who only started Afrikaans in grade 8 five years ago, is now one of her top candidates.

For those pupils who might be fearing for their Afrikaans second paper next Tuesday, Ludick believes practice makes perfect.

“Unfortunately 7de Laan is about the only exposure to Afrikaans people have these days. Even Afrikaans-speaking children don’t speak the language as much at home any more, that’s the environment we are in.

“But to learn a language you have to speak it frequently and practice it. But I think learners are amazing. If they are well prepared they can surprise you.”

Ludick also teaches German and English, which along with Afrikaans are all languages she is fluent in.

Acting principal at Girls High School (GHS) Mary-Anne Akerman said her girls were fine with the paper. “They said it was straightforward and what they were expecting.”

While the race-ratio of pupils at GHS is 50/50, Afrikaans appears to be more popular, making up five matric classes when compared to the three Zulu classes.

The paper was two hours long for those pupils who wrote it in Home Language (previously First Language) as well as for the First Additional Language writers (what used to be Second Language).

Pupils who wrote the paper as Second Additional Language were given an extra 30 minutes.

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