Matrics give thumbs up to first exam paper
There was joy, excitement and nervousness as the matric class of 2021 sat for its first exam on Thursday.
Some pupils raised frustration about Eskom's load-shedding, which is currently at stage 4 until Friday and will drop to stage 2 until Saturday.At Noordwyk Secondary School, where minister of basic education Angie Motshekga was in the morning to monitor the start of the exams, 22-year-old Xolani Ntuli was also celebrating his birthday.
Meckenzi Mokobodi and Koketso Lekolwane from Seshego High School in Moletji.Image:SUPPLIED“I was excited about the first question as it was motivating youth to do better than adults. It is young people that will turn the country around for the better. I got stuck on question five,
which was a text that contained deliberate language errors,” he said.“I didn't leave any blank spaces. I wrote it with confidence and understanding,” said Ntuli, who plans to do a BCom at the University of Johannesburg.Fellow pupils also agreed that question five gave them a bit of a headache. headtopics.com
Zandi Mothipi, 18, said she spent lot of time on it.“It was a bit confusing, however the exam was fair. Some of the questions are what we expected,” she said.Mothipi said load-shedding was impeding her preparations, as her family could not afford to buy alternative sources of electricity.
“It’s affecting us, I am using candles to study. It’s even worse because I come from a poor background, staying in a shack. When there is load-shedding it’s a problem.“I study at night most of the time and by the time I need to study, electricity is causing problems.”
Nicolas Bouwer, 18, said preparations for the exams have been difficult.“It has been very stressful because a lot of things need time management and load-shedding coming into question is a very huge, problematic factor.“Our age group can’t do things without using the internet, so we rely on the internet to study. When there is load-shedding there is no network coverage, no internet,” he said.Read more: Sowetan LIVE »
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