Vox Pop: Matric trial exams

Nontobeko Maimane from Soshanguve High school

It is that time of the year once more, where matric pupils write their trial examination preparing them for the finals.

Matrics begin their preliminary exams today, for most grade 12s the prelims will be the first formal exams since, unlike the previous years, there was no privilege for midyear examination due to covid-19.

Soshanguve Pulse took to the streets to hear how some of the learners feel about starting their exams.

Kagiso Lempe said he hopes for the best because the trials are important and form a huge part of progress for matriculants.


“ I worked hard and I cannot wait to see my results, I also wish nothing but the best for everyone who began their trials today,” said Mr Lempe.

Aphelele Zulu said besides the pressure that comes with the exam, he is confident that everything will go well.

“Prelims prepare us for our finals so I feel so good about them, and my advice to my mates is that they should be emotionally ready and any outcome they will get is not the end of the world, there is still a chance at the final exams to make up for everything,” he said.

Kyle Maimane said Prelims are important to get ready and know what to expect from the final exam and they also prepare learners mentally.

”I feel good because I do not stress over an exam that I know I studied hard for, even though it comes with a lot of pressure, I’m still looking forward to trying my best and prepare myself for any possible outcomes,” said Ms Maimane.

Nhlamolo Selepe said today she wrote her first paper and so far the experience was not bad.

“I was so excited that finally after 12 years I’m finally writing my matric. I was neatly dressed up and walked very confidently in my school uniform because this opportunity comes only once,” she said.