Matric students to commence with preliminary exams
The class of 2021will start writing their preliminary examination on Thursday ,they will sit for their first examination, writing English the First Additional Language (FAL) paper three.
Matriculants are writing their preliminary examinations despite of Covid-19 challenges. South Africa experienced a three-week disruption due to lockdown alert level four. The 2021 mid-year examinations were cancelled in order to afford matriculants enough time to complete the curriculum. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said that the department needed to make up for the loss of time and for the matriculants to cover the curriculum the pupils did not go on holidays in March and most of the schools were giving extra classes. The period of mid-year examination was used to cover the curriculum.
The third term’s preliminary examinations are particularly important as they provide the candidates the opportunity to improve their subject’s averages as well as giving candidates a great trial run for their final examinations.
Nontobeko Mdlalose, a matriculant at Marklands Secondary School in Chatsworth, Durban says she is well prepared for the examination although she had limited time to prepare.
“I am ready although I did not have enough time to prepare but I manage. I utilise all the time I get to study. Most importantly I have created a study timetable which made it easier for me to study and balance all the amount of subjects I study,” she explained.
Her school have created a WhatsApp group to assist learners with lessons that take place every day, the group helps students to engage and help each other. The school also runs extra classes on weekends.
Mdlalose said that her family has been supportive and helped her to prepare for the
“My family have been supportive since the first term examinations till to date. They assist me with time management, and they found me a private tutor who has helped me improve my marks”.