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Pupils at Groote Schuur High are confident they passed their first Afrikaans exam with top marks, saying it was easier than previous question papers.
The school’s 132 matric pupils sat down to write the Afrikaans first additional language exam yesterday morning.
They were confident they had done well as they found the exam to be easier than expected as it did not contain any surprise questions.
Across the province 18 810 pupils completed the home language exam, 16 522 the first additional language paper and 215 the second additional language exam.
In the second session, pupils completed the agricultural science and nautical science exams.
Marius Ehrenreich, principal of the Newlands school, said both pupils and teachers had worked hard to ensure preparations were completed in time for the exams.
“Our matrics are in a good space. Our teachers worked their fingers to the bone in preparation.”
One concern had been that all pupils had not been at school daily during the weeks leading up to the final exams.
He said there had been three weeks between the start of the term and the exams, much longer than the usual week to 10 days.
“We were hoping to have a huge revision drive during the three weeks. But lesson attendance wasn’t at 100 percent. But other than that we have had a very good Grade 12 year.”
Ehrenreich believed there would be close to a 100 percent pass rate this year.
One pupil was ill and would have to write the supplementary exams next year, but he was confident the other pupils would pass.
He said parents, the majority of whom made sure they attended school meetings, were involved in their children’s education and ensured they arrived for extra lessons.
Ehrenreich said a number of pupils commuted from other areas including Crawford, Athlone, Ottery, Kenilworth and Mitchells Plain.
“We have children coming from all over.
“We have a very diverse student body, especially in terms of language spoken.”
Afrikaans teacher Erika van As was pleased with the exam questions. “I think it was a very fair paper,” she said.
“I’m very delighted about all the visuals, it is very unusual in a grammar paper. The pupils will definitely do well.”
She said a group of pupils had come to her after they had completed the exam to let her know they were confident they would achieve good results.
Van As said every pupil had passed the subject in the September exams with an average of 60 percent.
She expected they would do better this time.
“It is much more digestible. Very fair.”
Pupils were expected to complete the second English exam today and the visual arts exam in the afternoon session.