Agriculture exam in the bag

2016-11-30 06:01
Amakholwa Secondary School matric pupils smiling with excitement as they near the end of their final matric exams are (from left) Sbusiso Madlala, Anele Mkhize and Blessing Mdladla. PHOTO: nompilo kunene

Amakholwa Secondary School matric pupils smiling with excitement as they near the end of their final matric exams are (from left) Sbusiso Madlala, Anele Mkhize and Blessing Mdladla. PHOTO: nompilo kunene

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AMAKHOLWA Secondary School matric pupils are relieved they are finally done with agriculture and “excited that they are almost done with exams”.

Three Amakholwa pupils, Blessing Mdladla (17), Anele Mkhize (18) and Sbusiso Madlala (18), said this after writing their last agricultural sciences exam on Monday.

“Although there were tricky questions here and there, the paper was much better than the trial exam and all the past papers,” said Anele.

She added the final exam period has been stressful for her.

“I am never fully ready for exams. This time was worse because I even lost weight. The problem is that I panic and stress a lot.

“After exams I plan to go and scream on top of a mountain. Apparently that helps release anxiety,” she said.

Blessing said he found the paper manageable but agreed with Anele that there were a few trick questions.

“Before the exams I was extremely nervous, but once I started writing I realised it was not all that bad. I now just cruise through most of my exams,” said Blessing.

Sbusiso, a top academic pupil, said he found the paper fair.

“I feel that for some exams I was ready, but for others I was not quite ready like this agriculture paper, I feel I could have done much better had I managed my time properly,” said Sbusiso.

He said he would like to study electrical or mechanical engineering or computer system next year.

“My career choices are inspired by my love for physical sciences. I changed schools in Grade 10 to find a school that did physics,” said Sbusisoa.

The pupils also raised concerns about the #FeesMustFall issues.

“I am naturally a person who loves studying and the #FeesMustFall scares me. I am worried that the protests might start again in January and we will not be able to study.

“I fear that if I end up staying at home doing nothing I will end up counting ants because I love calculating,” said Blessing, who wants to do a Bachelor in Education majoring in physics and maths next year.

“The recent outburst by varsity students protesting for no fee increment was for a good cause, but I feel their approach is wrong.

“Their action of burning infrastructure indirectly affects us as Grade 12 pupils because all the focus­ will be on students who are trying to catch up and no one will be paying attention to our enrolment,” said Anele, who also wants to study a Bachelor in Education majoring in languages and life science.

The three pupils thanked their teachers and parents for their support and encouragement.

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