Excitement and anxiety as pupils wait for results

2016-01-07 09:30
Thousands of Matriculants, their families and friends all flocked to the Sasol garage in Raisethorpe to get first sight of the 2015 matric results on Tuesday night.

Thousands of Matriculants, their families and friends all flocked to the Sasol garage in Raisethorpe to get first sight of the 2015 matric results on Tuesday night. (Amil Umraw, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Raisethorpe's Sasol garage was abuzz at midnight on Tuesday as thousands of people flocked there to get the first glimpse of the 2015 matric results.

The atmosphere was a mix of excitement and suspense as matriculants, their friends and family gathered to appease their almost three-month wait for the results.

The crowd crammed the entire forecourt, which was blocked off to cars and had security controlling the entry and exit points.

Just outside the gates, hundreds of vehicles parked on either side of Chota Motala Road and on the verge outside the graveyard.

Families and friends grouped together outside their vehicles, some with picnic rugs and chairs, waiting for midnight when Mayor Chris Ndlela and his ANC associates were set to distribute newspapers containing the results.

As midnight neared, the crowd gathered, circling the ladder of a fire truck where Ndlela was perched with newspapers in hand.

One at a time, the newspapers were flung into the ecstatic crowd, which soon broke off into small groups around the papers to sift through the marks.

Raisethorpe Secondary School pupil Junaid Hassan (18) said it was good to share the experience with all his friends from different schools in Pietermaritzburg.

“Everyone was so anxious and worried that they did not want to see their results, but also wanted to get it over and done with,” Hassan laughed.

He was thrilled to find that he achieved six distinctions and said he was looking forward to studying mechanical engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal next month.

School principals in the crowd shared the joy and excitement with their pupils.

“I always say that first I am a parent and then a teacher. To see your children laugh and smile and celebrate is one of the best blessings a parent and teacher can receive,” said Raisethorpe Secondary principal Indren Pillay.

He said there was a fun atmosphere at school yesterday when the matriculants arrived to fetch their official statement of results.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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