Pupils find life science paper two ‘surprisingly easy’

2015-11-17 11:10
Some of Haythorne Secondary School matric pupils who wrote yesterday’s life science paper two were (seated, from left) Lizo Ntloko, Kieram Saunders and Deamino Simson, with (standing, from left) Siyathokoza Mkhize, Natasha Brown and Houston Gwynn.

Some of Haythorne Secondary School matric pupils who wrote yesterday’s life science paper two were (seated, from left) Lizo Ntloko, Kieram Saunders and Deamino Simson, with (standing, from left) Siyathokoza Mkhize, Natasha Brown and Houston Gwynn. (Nosipho Nxasane, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Matric pupils believe there was a twist to the life science paper two they wrote on Monday as it was too easy.

The Witness spoke to matric pupils from Haythorne Secondary who said they finished the paper within the first hour.

Lizo Ntloko (18), the head boy of the school, said: “The paper was surprisingly easy. There must be some kind of twist. Why was the paper so easy? I think we are being tricked here.”

He added that it was hard to believe his school years were almost over. “Time flies; use it wisely. Just yesterday it was the first day of school and today we are writing our final exams.”

Leaving school and facing the outside world will be daunting for some pupils.

“I am used to doing everything within a certain time frame. All of that is going to change now and there will be no more teachers shouting after you about your homework and assignments,” said Ntkolo, adding his family has been supporting him by giving him transport money to come to school.

“To me that really means a lot because not everyone has this privilege,” said Ntloko.

Houston Gwynn (18) described the paper as “okay”.

“Just three more papers and I am done. I cannot wait to do the many things that have been put on hold,” she added

Mr Matric 2015 Deamino Simson (18) said he used to be the naughty one in grade 8. “We all have those days, mixing with the wrong crowd of people, but it helped me because I am now more mature,” he said.

“This paper was easy compared to what we had during our trials exams and compared to other past papers. Next year’s matrics should try to learn as much as they can in class. Use the first and second terms to study because they won’t have much time in the third and fourth terms. One thing I am going to miss about school is meeting different pupils from different backgrounds and being able to get along with them. School is our second home and now we have to leave. It won’t be easy though.”

Natasha Brow (18) said: “The paper was easy. Just a piece of advice for next year’s matric pupils: take matric seriously, it’s not child’s play.

“Form study groups, make sure you plan your time wisely, eat properly and do a lot of exercise.”

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