Sobantu matric pupils remain optimistic

2016-11-09 06:01
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Phelokazi Madlala (left) and Slindile Mseleku.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Phelokazi Madlala (left) and Slindile Mseleku.

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THEY may have mixed feelings on how their final examinations have been so far, but most Grade 12 pupils at Sobantu High School are optimistic about their results.

Speaking to Maritzburg Echoon Monday after their three-hour mathematics and mathematical literacy paper­ two, most pupils said they are definitely going to pass.

Phelokazi Madlala said she found the paper easier than previous papers she had written.

“The mathematical literacy was not too hard. I studied hard and I’m expecting nothing less than 70%. In the next couple of weeks I’m looking forward to writing business studies, but I am dreading consumer studies because it has a lot of notes to get through.”

Sharing Madlala’s sentiments, Slindile Zulu said the standard of the papers have been much easier so far.

“So far the exams have been fantastic, I am anticipating good results. I am still excited about the other papers coming up, especially history. I’m very nervous about life science because it requires a lot of studying, it is unlike the other subjects where you can apply general knowledge, but I’ll get through it,” said Zulu, who said she is aiming for a B aggregate to enrol for commercial law at the University of Cape Town.

Pupils said extra afternoon classes have been helpful and will upskill their marks in difficult subjects like maths and science and help them to qualify for tertiary education.

“We are very grateful for the hard work that is being put in by our teachers to make sure we get outstanding results. We are also determined and working hard and have committed to attending the afternoon classes every day,” said Lefa Telejane.

Lerato Khanyile had a different take on her paper - she admitted that the mathematics paper two was hard.

“The paper was harder than expected. After writing paper one last Friday I thought two would be easy as well. I had to skip question one because I was clueless and didn’t understand the question.

“The standard for the preliminary exams was much better compared to the finals.”

A total of 171 480 full-time candidates registered for exams in Kwa- Zulu-Natal.

The number has increased by 1 655 compared to 169 825 in 2015. Umgungundlovu district has 144 public centres and 13 independent centres­.

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