Mathematics 2 not as gruelling as first paper, say matrics

2011-11-01 00:00

IT was smooth sailing for matric pupils who wrote mathematics paper 2 yesterday. Pupils described the papers as easy and enjoyable compared to the challenging maths paper 1 they wrote on Friday.

Pupils of Heather Secondary school who left the exam room feeling drained after the three-hour long paper on Friday said yesterday’s paper made for a nice change.

Said pupil Preanca Appanna, “Paper 2 was much better than paper 1 and I am very happy about that.

“After paper 1, I felt like the trial exams did not prepare me for the final exam, but now I feel better. Now I feel more at ease about paper 3.”

Candidates will sit for paper 3 tomorrow.

Another Heather Secondary pupil, Thashveer Gurahoo, concurred and edescribed the paper as easy.

“Some of the questions were a bit tricky and there was only one hard question.

“In paper 1 I lost 25 marks in one section because I did not know what to do even though I answered it last. I am expecting an A and hope paper 3 will be on the same level [as paper 2],” he said.

Meanwhile the Basic Education Department has noted a decline in pupils choosing maths, accounting and science in 2011 compared to previous years. Department spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe attributed this to incorrect subject combinations.

Mokgatlhe said many pupils whose future careers do not require maths and science register for them, while many whose careers do require maths and science do not study these subjects.

“In preparation for the 2012 school year the department is sending out a circular to schools advising learners on better subject combinations. This will translate into better performance,” said Mokgatlhe.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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