Cool topic but tough questions launch matric 2013 exams

2013-10-29 00:00

Yesterday saw the beginning of the matric exams, with English paper one getting the finals off the ground. The comprehension section incorporated social media, a topic young people relate to, which may have helped ease pupils into exam mode.

However, the language section proved to be challenging for some students. The Witness spoke to pupils from Maritzburg College to find out how their first paper went.

Darishnan Pather, Kyrone Josiah and Gareth Subromonien were comparing notes at the end of the exam. They all agreed that the topic was easy to relate to.

“[This paper] gave me an idea of what to expect from the future papers. It was really hard, even though I did prepare. When I say hard I don’t mean I won’t pass, it will be hard for me to get over 90%,” said Kyrone.

Gareth said: “I felt the language was difficult. The comprehension wasn’t so bad because it was about social media and how it affects communication between others. All round the paper wasn’t that bad.”

“This was a good start for our first paper. I’m hoping for the best. Maybe the next English paper will be better,” Darishnan told The Witness.

Ryan Anthony’s hand was sore after the long paper and Thashen Phillips finds English boring. Both felt that the comprehension section of the paper was a breeze. Frank Lane enjoyed the paper and was relieved that he finished the paper in time. He feels this was “a good start” to his exams.

Dylan Mackenzie, Chaldon Labuschagne and James Hayton thought that the comprehension dragged and was too long.

“[With] the language, I felt if you make one little silly error you could lose the whole mark,” said Dylan.

James said: “The comprehension was a bit drawn-out and the language focused on too many small issues rather than one.

“I feel they could have made the paper more straightforward and to the point rather than drag it out. I think we underestimated these exams a bit; we thought it would be easier than it was. Now we know,” Chaldon said.

For some this paper was a good indication of what to expect with the rest of the exams. Karlo Oliphant said: “We all hope to do our best in finals. I’m looking forward to the rest of the exams.”

Durban pupils who talked to The Witness found it easier to answer the less difficult questions. They also found the comprehension section easy to relate to and the language section challenging.

In KZN, about 150 000 pupils wrote the English paper and more than half a million wrote it nationwide.

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