MATRIC EXAM: Smooth sailing for matrics so far

The class of 2017 has enjoyed what has been described as a “fair” exam season thus far. On Tuesday morning matrics wrote the Setswana, Sepedi, Sesotho, Xitsonga and Tshivenda vernacular papers.

Deputy principal at Soshanguve Technical High School Tladi Amos Mashiane said everything went smoothly. “Everything went according to schedule. There were no problems.”

He said the learners were happy with the papers. “They said they wrote well and the papers were easy to answer. It was a good paper.”

Mashiane said Monday afternoon’s engineering graphics and design paper was also a hit with the learners.

Matrics wrote life sciences on Friday morning. Hoërskool Waterkloof learners Andrew McGregor and Neil Tholmie both wrote Friday’s paper.

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“It was a fair paper, but definitely more difficult than the prep exam paper. We found it challenging but not unfair,” said Tholmie.

McGregor said: “The long question was unexpected and strangely constructed. A surprise question that learners were not used to. Some of the questions left the learners uncertain as to what was expected.”

Despite last week’s taxi strike, everything appears to be in order regarding the matric exams. Learners who were denied the opportunity to write will be given the opportunity to catch up at a later time.

With just 10 more days to go before the last examination is written, it remains to be seen how matrics will react to their remaining papers.


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