Nerves run high as matric exams start

MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

The matric exams have officially kicked off as learners wrote English Paper One on Tuesday. The MEC of Education in the Free State, Tate Makgoe, visited Tsoseletso High School in Bloemfontein to motivate the learners and promised if they give him a 100% pass rate he will once again wear his famous white suit.

Makgoe told Bloemfontein Courant he was there to tell matric learners that the 12 years they spent at school are finally over and the biggest examinations of their life lie ahead. “I am telling you to remove the self-doubt and fear, you are simply the best. I came to this school today because it has been a beacon of hope to all the children in township schools and I think they will be giving us a 100% pass rate. My target this year is to ensure that more township schools receive 100% pass rates. We need to equalise education and make sure all children in South Africa are treated equally. They are all the future of this country,” he said.

The principal, Michael Litabe, agreed with the MEC. Since the beginning of the year they have been preaching about a 100% pass rate to the matric learners. “Our teachers and learners are all dedicated and our learners really have what it takes. For the MEC to be here today is a blessing to us. I know our learners will take this challenge with both hands. They have done the hard work and we know they are going to make it. Some of our learners have in the past been in the Free State top 100 and I am sure we will be securing our place again this year,” he said.

An English teacher from the school, Botlhoko Shebe, told Bloemfontein Courant that they reminded the matrics of key points and what to look out for in the exam. “I think they are going to do well. They have no reason at all to be nervous. I want all the level 7s in the bag.” he said.

Bloemfontein Courant spoke to two students from Tsoseletso High School, Tumisang Mtumedi and Themdile Mkontwana, after the paper and both said they found English Paper 1 simple but they struggled with the Section C Question 5, however, both are positive that they will pass. – Sazly Hartzenberg