Matric learners tackle final exams

Phumlisa Vers, Boitumelo Checha, and Jo-Ann Jacquire are matric learners from HTS Louis Botha Technical High School who say they are ready for the big exam. PHOTO: KATLEHO MORAPELA

The national matric exams are officially in full swing this week. However, in the midst of continued disruptions at higher education institutions, the question on everyone’s lips is whether the class of 2016 is ready to sit for exams, and what the future holds for those interested in furthering their studies.
A matric learner at HTS Louis Botha Technical High School, Jo-Ann Jacquire, told Courant that being a matriculant is exciting, though she feels slightly nervous about writing her final examinations. “Grade 12 is not the same as all the other grades where you are almost spoon-fed. It prepares learners for the adult world and teaches us discipline. These final exams determine what we are going to do next year, as well as in the near future,” she said. Jacquire is currently aiming for two distinctions in her language subjects and is looking forward to furthering her studies to gain a degree in psychology. Amidst the current #FeesMustFall protests, Jacquire is, however, wondering what her first-year experience at a higher education institution will be like.
Phumlisa Vers, also a Grade 12 learner, added that matric exams are nerve-wracking and challenging, but believes with hard work and determination one can make it. Boitumelo Checha is, however, of the view that pressure from parents and guardians to pass with flying colours are the most stressful factors of her final year of school.
The Deputy CEO of the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas), Jaco Deacon, alluded that achieving great matric results is not solely dependent on learners, but on the whole education system. “To create a conducive learning environment at schools, governing bodies, teachers and parents should all come on board. The task does not entirely lie in the hands of the learners,” said Deacon.
In support of the class of 2016, the Free State MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe, mentioned that learners throughout the province have the potential to obtain many distinctions. Makgoe encouraged matriculants to make use of the resources they have been provided with throughout the year and to study hard. – Katleho Morapela