Class of 2010 closes a chapter

2010-12-04 00:00

THE matrics of 2010 are breathing a collective sigh of relief after their nights of cramming for their final ­exams are over.

Chirpy talk and big smiles were the order of the day for the handful of matriculants who wrote the very last paper for the 2010 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination on Friday afternoon at few local schools in Pietermaritzburg.

For some, however, the joy was bitter sweet as the realisation of a closing chapter hit home.

Peter Jonker (18), a pupil at Alex High School, was only too happy to put the paper behind him and was excited about the idea of reclaiming his time back.

“I’m very happy. I have been waiting 12 years for this,” said Peter who could hardly contain his excitement.

“The exams generally went okay although there were one or two surprises here and there. Once in a while they would throw in those curves.”

What he found frustrating, he said, were the lengthy gaps between the papers.

“You were waiting something like 10 days before your next paper, which I didn’t like. I would have preferred to have it over and done with sooner,” said Peter.

There won’t be much time for Peter to relax — he will start work soon.

Russell High School pupil Mandisa Mbona (18) said she found the idea of moving into the real world frightening.

“Actually it is quite sad if you think about it. I’m unemployed and no longer a pupil. I’m just there.

“And the worst part is not knowing whether you passed or not. With that hanging over your head the excitement of the festive season is soured,” said Mandisa.

She said she found matric to be easier than she expected.

“All I heard was ‘girl, you won’t sleep’ but the latest I ever went to bed was midnght, and that was because of geography, which has a lot of notes. That was definitely an exaggeration.”

However, she did admit that she had to make an all-out effort since she is the youngest in her family and her five brothers scored seven As.

More than 130 000 full-time pupils in KZN wrote the NSC examination, which was the third instalment of a qualification which was introduced in 2008.

The monster task of marking begins on Tuesday.

Matriculants will only know on January 6 how they fared.

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