Relieved pupils celebrate as matric results finally come out

2012-01-06 00:00

THE long wait was over for thousands of matric pupils yesterday as they bought copies of the newspaper to check if they had passed. For most of them it was good news and it was a flurry of SMSing and Facebook messaging as they shared the news with friends and family.

The Witness visited a few schools to see how the results were being received.

At 6 am there was little movement at the schools as teachers and headmasters were slow to respond to the urgency being felt by their pupils.

Administrators waited until the more civilised hour of 8 am to open their doors and release the official results. Amid screams and shouts and cries of “Oh my Gosh!” friends hugged and kissed and group hugs became the norm.

Girls who were in uniforms and ponytails a few short weeks earlier came to the school in make-up and high fashion eager to prove their new independence and boys were eager to chat about their holidays.

Sechaba Molapo from Carter High said he had not been able to relax the whole holiday because he was waiting anxiously for the results.

“Now I can relax and have a party. I passed and my results were okay. Whew!” He plans to study business management.

Sean Mabilisa said that the matric year was fun and challenging and that he was not really worried about passing. “I was sure I had passed, but its always good to see the marks in black and white.” He will be studying law.

At Russell High School pupils were huddled in groups chatting about how relieved they were to have passed. Zandile Hlube proudly waved her results paper and said: “I got a degree pass, look people I got it!”

Samkelisiwe Dlamini said she was very relieved it was all over. “I thought the whole year was tough. From day one we were told that we would have to work, work, work … I am so glad I passed and got through.”

Mazi Sishi from GHS (Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School) was pleased with her marks and said she was not surprised with the results.

Her friend Senzi Mbokazi said; “The exams were the hard work and the waiting was just killing, now it’s just a relief. If you passed it’s great. There is not much one can do about the results.”

Many groups gathered, swapping cellphone numbers and promising to keep in touch on Facebook. The age of social networking has revolutionised the way schools begin and end. The old autograph books are out and writing goodbye messages on Facebook walls are in.

While it was mostly the children who gathered at the schools for their final bit of socialising, it was the parents who were also quietly worried.

Sanele Sibiya, from Carter High School, confessed that his father had woken him at 2 am so that they could go scouring the streets for a newspaper. “He was more nervous than I was,” laughed Sibiya.

To steal the words from author Christopher Morley, many parents will be thinking: “We’ve had bad luck with all of our kids, they’ve all grown up!”

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