FROM PAGE 1Matrics, world is your oyster

2016-11-01 06:00
Hillcrest High matriculants of 2016 excited for the opportunities that lay ahead. Photo: supplied

Hillcrest High matriculants of 2016 excited for the opportunities that lay ahead. Photo: supplied

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IN two months time the class of 2016 will be welcoming 2017 with high hopes, dreams and aspirations as they make choices that will determine their future.

For most pupils getting a matric pass with university entrance is one of the primary goals. However, not everyone obtains a university entrance, and not everyone passes, which leaves pupils feeling hopeless and at a crossroads.

Matric is not the be-all and end-all of one’s life, there is hope after matric and there are many options that pupils have.

According to a high-school principal Mr A. Lukhan, although pupils need to aspire for the best results, circumstances may not always be in their favour.

“Many pupils tend to resort to drastic action if their goals are not met. Some even resort to suicide in fear of disappointing their families, yet I want to assure pupils that this is not the way to go. There are many options available to them,” he said.

Lukhan said some could go straight into the job market.
“Some advantages to this is that pupils can become independent as they will earn money and save to study further.
“Yet finding a job straight out of school can be tough and most employers look for a certain amount of experience, which school-leavers obviously lack.

“Another option is FET colleges and technikons. There are many colleges offering a wide range of diploma courses or trade courses.
“These are often done with practical work experience, which puts one at an advantage in the working world.”

He said one can consider entrepreneurship because starting a business can be a viable income while deciding which career path to follow.

For those who fail matric, Lukhan said they can consider repeating the year at many accredited schools and obtain a certificate to study further.

“Whatever pupils decide it is important for them to note that not getting into university or failing Grade 12 is not the end of the world.
“There are plenty opportunities out there - the world is your oyster,” he concluded.

Craig Girvin, Hillcrest High headmaster agreed with Lukhan.
“I want to remind matrics that the end of their school career is not really an end, but rather a new beginning. Try your best, 'go for gold' and whatever the outcome in terms of results, remember, each day is a new day.”
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