Exams: Maths paper not hard, but tricky say matrics

2008-11-10 00:00

Pupils and teachers were generally happy with yesterday’s maths and maths literacy papers, which were described by many as “manageable”. Principals and their head of departments in these subjects said the papers presented no nasty surprises, although there might have been tricky questions.

Sanele Xaba (18) of Alex High said he would not have been caught doing maths had it not been compulsory, but added that he was happy with the maths literacy paper yesterday.

He said he opted for maths literacy since it is not as “complicated as the core maths”.

“It was definitely easier than the June exams. They were pretty hard, but I’m confident I did okay,” said Xaba.

Nonjabulo Khumalo (18) of ML Sultan also did maths literacy and found the paper to be “not too hard”.

However, she admitted that if the grading system still applied, she would have been in the standard grade pool.

However, Sibani Ngobese (18) of Maritzburg College found the maths paper to be challenging, even though he was well equipped with extra lessons organised by his school and external classes his parents had arranged for him.

“I found that the paper required a lot of thought. Maths is not my strength and I think by not having a grading system we were put at a disadvantage.

“There were a lot of challenging questions that carried a lot of marks. They are basically the make-or-break of the exams and I think it was a bit unfair for the students doing badly at it [maths].”

The exams will run for another four weeks until December 3. Matriculants will also tackle economics, English 2 and physical science this week.

sphumem@witness.co.za

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