Grade 12 learners have breathed a sigh of relief after writing their first matric exam – English Paper 1, on Monday.
Some of the matrics said the paper was not difficult, but were concerned that it was long and that two hours was not enough time to complete all the questions.
Aphiwe Meyiwa from Westville Boys High School in Durban said he had no doubt that he would get a B, but felt that the paper was too long. “It wasn’t difficult, but the comprehension was very long. I’m hoping to do well as I’ve studied very hard preparing for these exams,” Aphiwe told SAnews.
He said he had begun preparing for a Physical Science Paper on Thursday.
His schoolmate, Riley Somiah, shared the same sentiments. “I’ve finished on time but didn’t get time to go through my answers. The level of the paper was not that challenging, except for the last question. We have never done it before, but nevertheless, I’m pretty sure I’ve got a B,” said Riley.
Riley, who is planning to study either medicine or chemical engineering next year, said his focus had now turned to his first Maths paper. He needs to score high marks in order to get into one of these fields.
Refilwe Molefe from SA College Private School in Pretoria, was all smiles and confident that she would get a B or C after writing her English paper. “It was not difficult at all and I’m positive that after this paper, I’ll get a 65% to 70% in