Maths 2 paper ‘challenging’ but ‘fair’

2015-11-03 09:50
Marion High School matric pupils who wrote yesterday's maths and maths literacy paper. From left to right, Phindile Duma, Fundo Mtholo, Lungelo Singapi, Sthandwa Ngcobo, Thabo Mpanza and Nonhle Ngcobo.  PHOTO: Nosipho Nxasane

Marion High School matric pupils who wrote yesterday's maths and maths literacy paper. From left to right, Phindile Duma, Fundo Mtholo, Lungelo Singapi, Sthandwa Ngcobo, Thabo Mpanza and Nonhle Ngcobo. PHOTO: Nosipho Nxasane

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Pietermaritzburg - Matrics at Marion High School who sat for their second mathematics paper yesterday described it as “challenging”.

Nonhle Ngcobo (17), who was writing pure maths said, “The paper was hard even though I started studying for it on Friday. What helped me a lot was working through past papers, and even though most pupils are against studying all night, for me it really helped. Giving yourself enough time to study is the only way you can prepare yourself. Last-minute studying is never a good idea.”

Lungelo Singapi (17) said, “I was writing maths literacy. The paper was really challenging as there were parts that required you to do some critical thinking. In order to have managed this paper one would have had to have a clear mind and be well focused. Since I started my exams, my family’s been really supportive. They told me that hard work and dedication is the only solution as this could be my only chance to really prove myself. I am looking forward to writing economics and business studies.”

Thabo Mpanza (18) said, “Maths literacy for me was not that challenging in some sections. Looking at the papers I have written so far, I would say accounting was the hardest but I have a good feeling that I will pass it. The rest were manageable. The only way to get through these exams is by using past papers, and using your time wisely.”

Fundo Mtholo (18), who wrote maths literacy said, “This paper was fair. There were just a few questions here and there that were hard. All my other papers have been good so far except accounting. The one thing I am not ready for is January 6, 2016, [when results will be released]. Just thinking about it makes me nervous.”

Phindile Duma (18) said, “Pure maths has never been easy but this paper was manageable and very fair compared to paper one which was a bit hard.”

Sthandwa Ngcobo (18) said, “The paper was not easy but I managed. I am really looking forward to writing life science and physical science. I feel 100% ready for those papers as I really need to pass them to qualify for university next year.”

According to an Education Department statement 89 569 full time and 11 316 part time candidates sat for pure maths and 82 048 full time and 6 076 part time candidates sat for the maths literacy paper.

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