Words of hope from MEC

2012-10-26 00:00

KZN Education is hoping for a matric pass rate beyond the target of about 71% it missed last year, MEC Senzo Mchunu said yesterday.

Last year, KwaZulu-Natal achieved 68,1%, down from 70,7% in 2010.

The MEC was visiting Bongizwane High School, inland of Mtwalume, where he paid a surprise visit as 33 pupils sat for their first matric exam.

He said things were in order and noted that the weather had cleared on the matriculants’ first day of writing.

“But with exams, good management does not necessarily guarantee good results.”

He called on matriculants to be cool-headed about the exams. “It’s important to be highly disciplined and not to think that the answers come out of the air,” he said.

He called matric “the gateway to adulthood” and had some good advice for those who failed. “Don’t kill yourself. Dust yourself off and try again.”

During Mchunu’s visit, he shared his own memories of writing matric back in 1979 at Amakholwa High School in Pietermaritzburg.

“I came from a poor family background and I had to pass … and it had to be that year. I managed, to my delight.”

He said his favourite subjects at school were English, Zulu and history.

• In an open letter to matrics yesterday, Education Minister Angie Motshekga also encouraged matrics “to grab the future with both hands and run”.

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