Matric is not ‘the end’

2017-12-05 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedHillcrest High matriculants look forward to ‘life after matric’.

PHOTO: suppliedHillcrest High matriculants look forward to ‘life after matric’.

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IN just over a week the matric Class of 2017 will down pens as the final exams come to an end.

For some it will be a sigh of relief, but for many the stress will have only begun.

Passing matric with an university entrance is one of their primary goals, however, not everyone obtains a university entrance pass, and not everyone passes, leaving many feeling hopeless and at crossroads.

However, Upper Highway teacher Mrs. S Sookdaw assures pupils that matric is not the “be all and end all”.

“Anything in life requires perseverance and determination. You have to work to make things happen.

“If pupils fail matric or do not get the pass they had hoped for there are career opportunities that await.”

Sookdaw said many pupils feel that matric is it, there is nothing after matric, and if they do not do as well as expected, their future is bleak.

However, this mindset is wrong so it is important that pupils and their parents know there is light at the end of the matric tunnel.

“There are many options for those who pass, and those who fail. It is all about knowing what you want to do in the future and working towards your goals.

“One needs to be open to change and stay focused. There are universities, FET colleges and options of re-marking or rewriting papers.

“Life is about what you make it, and with family support one can achieve anything.”

Vishar Premlall says he is hoping his hard work has paid off.

“I feel this year is the most stressful schooling year I have ever experienced. I feel that if I do not do well my parents will be disappointed, however, I have dreams to study engineering next year.”

SA Cares founder Steven King said: “Many pupils resort to drastic action if their goals are not met.

“Some even resort to suicide in fear of disappointing their families, yet I want to assure pupils that is not the way to go. There are many options available.”

King advised pupils to seek help if they are feeling helpless.

“Never bottle up feelings - speak out. There are plenty of people willing to help.”

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