Matric pupils should 'take it easy' - Durban High schoolers

2016-01-06 11:57
Durban High School pupils say matric is only challenging because of pressure put on pupils. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

Durban High School pupils say matric is only challenging because of pressure put on pupils. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

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Durban – Too much pressure was put on matrics, said a group of pupils awaiting their individual matric results at the Durban High School (DHS) on Wednesday.

They said while the matric year was not difficult, they were weighed down by high expectations from family and society.

Speaking to News24, 17-year-old pharmaceutical hopeful Raihaan Sodagar, who achieved six A’s, said his final year of high school was “the best and easiest”, despite the belief that matric was hard.

“I was not stressed at all. Most of the year you spend your time at home, so that is where the majority of the studying takes place. I mostly came to school to catch up with key subjects like Maths and Physics, but also to meet my friends.”

Sodagar said a large portion of his academic life was centered around tuition.

“School of course provided a foundation but I really do not think there was anything too difficult. People make you think it is extremely difficult and incredibly important, but you must just see it as another year at school.”

Seventeen-year-old Advik Beni, who achieved five A’s and hoped to head to Cape Town to study film and media, said he also felt it was a good matric year.

“The year had its ups and downs, but it was overall quite good. I did not have a regiment as such for studying. I prepared about a week before any tests. I also feel like there is just a lot of pressure for us to do well. It is the same as every other year.”

Parents, school pressure

He said most of the stress was caused by parents and schools who pressured matrics to do well. The added expectation from society also made them anxious.

Adam Bebington echoed the sentiments of his fellow school mates, saying he felt he could work on his own and attended school to mostly meet friends.

“It was not a tough year, but I used methods to study. I hope to pursue B.Comm accounting at the University of Cape Town.”

According to 18-year-old Jordy Chetty, he took on a more conventional approach to achieving his five A’s.

“I would advise matriculants to work consistently and not to stress too much. Teachers do their best at DHS, but at the end of the day we are the ones who have to do the work.”

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