Matrics brace for final exams

2018-10-11 06:03
Monwabisi Matshoba, principal of Simanyene High School. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Monwabisi Matshoba, principal of Simanyene High School. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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The principals of the three high schools in Nomzamo and Lwandle agree their Grade 12s are ready for the upcoming final examinations.

And the three heads of Nomzamo High School, Simanyene High School and Khanyolwethu Secondary School, predict an improved pass rate this year.

This year’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations start on Monday 22 October, with 53 764 full-time candidates sitting down to write the final examinations of their high school careers.

Chris Mgubanto, principal of Nomzamo High, told City Vision his matric learners are ready and engaged in finishing touches before the big day.

He and the rest of the teaching staff have tried their best to equip the learners – now everything depends on them, he related.

“We will have our final camp at the school from next Monday to Thursday,” said Mgubanto. “This comes after numerous interventions we have had as a school throughout the year.”

The school is hoping to achieve a 70% pass rate, an improvement of 4% when compated to last year’s 66% pass rate.

Mgubanto said the school has 141 learners and they are adamant to improve the school’s matric results. “It all depends on you [the candidates] now,” Mgubanto said. “Learners need to know that matric is the start of the journey of their lives. They should give their best and not be distracted by anything.”

Eric Titipane, principal of Khanyolwethu Secondary, said staff and learners have done all the necessary preparations.

He said the matrics have been through a number of programmes throughout the year, in preparation for the upcoming exams.

“We are still busy consolidating the September marks to check their performances,” Titipane said. “But we have put them through the trial exams to ensure they are ready for what’s to come. I think the Grade 12s understand that this now is becoming very serious business.”

In preparation, the school’s teachers have given the matrics common exam papers set by the department. Titipane said learners don’t do well in the common papers, which are of a high standard, and this gives them the sense of the the seriousness of what’s to come.

“I expect them not to do well in trial exams,” he said. “But when it comes to the final exams they will do well, as they have prepared thoroughly. We don’t want to put targets very high, as we have come to realise it puts unnecessary pressure on teachers and learners.”

He said has school had the expectation of an 80% pass rate this year, compared to the 77% it achieved in 2017.

Titipane said Khanyolwethu would set progressive targets going forward.

He believes the target is achievable, as the school has 164 learners writing their exams for the first time.

Titipane said Khanyolwethu has spent a lot of money on the learners in preparing them, what with four-day camps in Grabouw, in-house camps for different subjects such as mathematics, accounting, life science, physical science, and extra classes after school.

He urged learners to believe in themselves, have self-confidence, and implored that they should not allow the “panic to take away what they already know”.

Monwabisi Matshoba, principal at Simanyene High, concurred that the learners were ready and his matrics were engaged in final touch ups too.

“We had a camp throughout the holiday break, which 90% of the learners attended,” he said. “The camp went very well and their response was pretty good. I think we are heading towards 90% this year. We dropped significantly last year – to 64%.”

Matshoba said 90% was highly possible, as 77,7% was achieved in 2016. Simanyene has 233 learners writing the exams this year.

His message to the learners is to be “committed, disciplined, focused and to sacrifice”, He further urged them to put things other than revision on the back burner if they want to succeed.

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