First maths paper tricky but fair, say KZN pupils

2014-11-01 00:00

KZN pupils found the first mathematics paper of the matric exams, which was written yesterday, challenging, but are expecting good results.

Maritzburg College pupil Callum Brown said the exam was much easier than the trial exams, although he found some questions required more effort.

“Some of the questions were asked in a different manner, but I managed to master all the questions I knew very well,” he said.

Lonwabo Lubanga said he had to “push for time” because some questions were not straightforward. However, he was hoping his efforts would secure him good results.

“Exemplars should be of the same standard of the exam, because we expected the exam to be easy and similar,” said Shalin Govender.

Pupils of Glenwood High in Durban also found some questions tricky.

Vegan Pather said: “I found one or two questions asked in a new manner, but I had to apply the same principles to figure out answers.”

Tristan Zebert said extra classes, exemplars and past year papers had made it simpler for them to understand what to expect in the maths paper.

Smero Secondary School mathematics teacher Sikhosithi Mbanjwa said the paper was a “transitional exam” from the old syllabus to the new.

“Sometimes pupils approach the exam with high expectations and they fumble if what they expected is not included in the paper,” he said.

• siso.naile@witness.co.za

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