Straight to work for Atlantis matrics

2016-01-06 21:07


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Cape Town - Many of the matriculants from Atlantis on the West Coast will be going straight to work to get the skills and cash they need to follow their dreams.

"I am going to have a gap year as a cashier at the Spar, then I am going to use the money to study a course on being a chef on a cruise ship," said Robinvale High pupil Rozelda Humphreys.

She was looking forward to the travel that came with the job.

School mate Anemicka Farmer, who travelled 56km from Darling to Atlantis and back every day to go to school, chose a massive necklace with the word "awesome" to wear on her big day.

Farmer also plans to find a job immediately to pay for the online business studies course she wants to do.

Situated slightly inland along the Cape West Coast, the town was established with the intention of being a special development hub which hoped to attract factories and provide work, but they did not come in the numbers that were expected.

So the matriculants at Robinvale, who increased their pass rate to 90.7% for 2015 from 88% in 2014 have to make their own luck by working to save up for higher education.

Theirs was among the first schools in the province to offer three languages - English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa as languages of instruction.

Fellow pupil Joseph Solomon said that they would not just have a matric certificate, but knowledge because of the enthusiasm of many teachers, especially their geography teacher.

"You looked forward to going to his class," said Solomon.

At Proteus Technical High School, the pupils rattle off apprenticeships that they have already planned such as electrical engineering.

All expect to start earning immediately, and then progress up the ladder to better opportunities.

A pregnant candidate is among those who came to fetch results.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, she said she had not had problems writing her exams pregnant.

"There were seven of us [pregnant pupils]," she said.

For her, getting a job is not about pocket money or financial independence.

"I have to start work quickly. I will have to do anything so that I can look after the baby," she said.

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