Tense wait over Christmas for matrics

2008-12-23 00:00

WHILE people around the country celebrate Christmas and the year draws to an end, matriculants are counting down to the release of their results.

Matrics get the results at schools on December 29 before they are released to the media for publication on December 31.

Those who make it will no doubt breathe a sigh of relief after a long year full of firsts under the banner of the National Curriculum Statement (NCS) and the hotly contested outcomes-based education system.

Mandisa Zuke (19) of Haythorne High School described this Christmas season as “nerve-racking”.

“It is probably the last ‘best Christmas’ because with varsity around the corner, life as we know it is over. The stress of exams will be a way of life. Welcome to the real world,” said a laughing Zuke.

However, pass or fail, she’s made herself a promise … to party hard.

She described the exams as extremely difficult — especially maths, not her strongest subject.

Zipho Mthembu (18) of Epworth said peers can be the biggest source of pressure for those who fail.

“I’m of the view that healthy pressure is needed and makes a person want to do well, but I wouldn’t want to be the one to fail among my friends … It would be devastating and humiliating.”

However, Zipho believes the chance of her failing is minimal since her school has always maintained a 100% pass rate.

“Honestly I’m planning on enjoying Christmas with my family and I’m not nervous at all. Some of my friends are, and that can brush off on you sometimes, but for me it’s only a matter of how well I will do.”

Cassius Lubisi, superintendent-general of the KZN Education Department, said exams started and ended well, as planned.

“The marking went very well and we would like to thank educators for marking the scripts.”

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