Matrics pledge to make Free State proud

Matric learners from around Bloemfontein listen attentively to speeches during the pledging ceremony at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre held last Friday. PHOTO: SAZLY HARTZENBERG

Matric learners from 16 Bloemfontein schools gathered at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre to pledge that they will make the province proud in the upcoming matric exams.
During the signing of the pledge ceremony today, the MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini, wished the matric learners good luck for the final exams which will commence on Monday 15 October 2018.
He told learners that this is the time to prove themselves and to put the Free State on the map. He said that the Free State provincial government is expecting nothing but a 100% pass rate from this year’s learners.
The head of department of Education in the Free State, Tsoarelo Malakoane, said the purpose of the event is for the matric learners to pledge that they will assist each other with the exams before they write to ensure that every single one of them makes it to the finish line.
They pledged that there will be no criminals, no copying, no person passing with the help of educators and that everyone will hand in quality exams.
Malakoane says he is hoping to see all the matrics that were present today on 4 January 2019 when the results are announced.
Bloemfontein Courant spoke to some of the matric learners from various schools who have mixed emotions about the upcoming exams.
Lali Kaptein from Commtech Comprehensive Secondary School said that he is extremely stressed about the upcoming exams. ‘’The workload is too much for me to remember and I am already feeling the pressure.’’
Segolodi Tshiamelo from Atlehang Senior Secondary School said that he is very confident when he thinks about the final exam because he has been preparing for it for 12 years now. Segolodi, who plans to study law at the University of the Free State next year, wants to make his parents proud. – Sazly Hartzenberg