English exams: not enough time, says Girls' High candidates

2011-10-25 00:00

MATRIC examinations continued on a smooth note as 500 000 pupils wrote the English home language and English first additional language papers yesterday.

The National Senior Certificate examination kicked off last week with some pupils writing practical papers.

Witness after writing the two-hour language exam yesterday they would have liked more time to finish.

“The summary part was the hardest. They also asked questions that we have not seen in past question papers,” said Zahra Essa as her friends nodded in agreement.

The girls huddled together over their question papers swopping answers and discussing their gripes with the questions.

Said Senzi Mbokazi, “I just wish that we had more time because two hours was not enough. By the time I finished writing the last answer the time was up.

“I did not even have time to read what I wrote and almost did not finish the exam. I wish we had had half an hour more,”

For Sarah Gordon it was the question involving apartheid in sport that gave her trouble.

“I hate how they bring apartheid into everything like they did in this paper.

Invictus which deals with this theme,” said Gordon.

Education Department spokeswoman Mbali Thusi said it is important for candidates to be punctual.

“This gives them sufficient time to be ready for the start of examinations.

“We even give them 15 minutes before the exam actually start to read the question paper,” she said.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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