First exam: English paper fair but too long, say matriculants

2012-10-23 00:00

TWIN brothers, Jesse and Daniel Kriel from Maritzburg College, were among thousands of matriculants who sat for their English paper yesterday.

The 18-year-olds said the English home language paper one was a good way to kickstart the exams.

“The paper was decent, not bad. It was a good start,” said Jesse.

Daniel shared his brother’s sentiments.

They both said there is no competition between them; all they want is to do well, which they think they did.

Some of the Grade 12 pupils exited the exam hall with heavy sighs and murmured words like “I didn’t finish” or “It was the most difficult paper” to their classmates.

David du Toit said he enjoyed the challenge. “It was too long, but the difficulty [factor] was quite good”.

His friend, Calvin Christopher McKenzie told The Witnessthat the questions were tricky.

“But I think it was okay,” he added.

At Arthur Blaxall School, Doctor Ngubane said he was tense and nervous before he started.

Zizipho Mfenqa, who is partially blind, said due to her eyesight she couldn’t read the questions fast enough.

Even though they are given 30 minutes extra, she said she would have appreciated more time to finish because the question paper was too long.

Maritzburg College head of English Debbie Martin told The Witness that she felt the paper was challenging and fair. But it was too long.

“It required a lot of thinking and was in-depth,” added Martin.

She said some answers may have been compromised because of the length and that the pupils were under pressure.

She said two-and-half hours would have been sufficient instead of two. However, it was fair.

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