Matrics voice their views of the exams

2010-11-17 00:00

Q: How are you bearing up under the pressure of the examination?

CC: The exams have been strenuous, but organisation and continuous learning throughout the year has been a big help.

Q: The worse and best paper so far?

CC: The best paper so far has been Physical Science paper 1 … There were no surprises and the skills we have learnt were put into practice. But the worst paper so far was mathematics paper 1. The questions were ambiguous and there were too many level-four questions. Level four is where you find unrelated, never-before-seen questions.

Q: Did you find that the exam was easier or harder than the trial or exemplar papers you did through the year as preparation?

CC: The papers are more difficult. However, because we have had more time to learn, we are more equipped to write them.

Q: Will you make an event of writing your last paper. If so, how will you celebrate?

CC: My friends and I are going to the beach to finally relax. I finish on November 24 with English. So it will be that weekend.

MPHUMELELI Ngqulunga (18), the chairperson of the Representative Council of Learners at Kharina Secondary, on the National Senior Certificate Examination:

Q: How are exams going for you?

MN: Exams are pretty slow. There hasn’t been any real pressure. There is ample time to study. You get seven days for the big exams and two to three days in between the easy papers.

Q: What has been the best thing about writing matric? Do you get superstar treatment at home and at school?

MN: I am the youngest boy at home and because everyone is grown up I ended up doing everything. But they have decided to help me out.

I don’t have to wash dishes anymore. And at school, the best thing is study leave and everyone respects you. It’s like you have achieved something big.

Q: What have you been doing to de-stress?

MN: In between papers I play football to de-stress. I hang out with friends and also make use of the social network sites like Facebook and MXit to load off.

Q: What subject has been your biggest headache?

MN: Accounting. It is a long way off but it is already stressing me because I feel that is where the strike really hurt us as students. I think, with accounting, it is either you know it or you don’t. With accounting there are certain procedures that need to be followed. Even though we finished the syllabus, there was no consolidation with teachers or any revision work, which I think killed us.

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