Learners optimistic despite challenging Maths Paper

Monday, November 5, 2012

Pretoria - Although there were mixed reaction after writing Mathematics and Mathematics Literature Paper 2 on Monday, learners were optimistic that they did well.

Most learners, who spoke to SAnews said the paper was a bit challenging but all agreed that it was not that difficult.

Pheorem Machidura from Soshanguve Secondary School in the North of Pretoria, who was writing Mathematics, said the paper was a bit challenging especially the Geometry section, where he couldn't answer the last question because of time.

He said after writing paper one on Friday he was confident that he would score at least 70% but after today's paper, his expectations have dropped to 50%.

"They've changed the format from the previous papers, which I was using a lot in preparation for the exams, but other than that, the paper was good and I'm hoping for the best," said Pheorem.

Although Dakalo Makhado from Mbilwi Secondary School in Limpopo felt that the paper was fine and gunning for 80%, he also admitted that some parts of the questions were a bit challenging.

"It was challenging and needed some time. There was one question from transformation, which was upside down. Paper 1 was easy but this one was something else. The worst scenario would be for me not getting 80% because I'm aiming very high," said an optimistic Dakalo, who was also writing Mathematics.

His school mate Masindi Nembudani was relieved after writing today's paper as she found it easier compared to the paper they wrote during the trial examinations in September.

"It was fine, however, Maths Paper 1, which we wrote on Friday was much easier, Paper 2 was complex. The questions were longer compared to previous papers, it needed much more time and attention," said Masindi, who is also looking at getting 80%.

Alta Mufodza from South African College Private School, who also sat for Mathematics Paper, admitted that the paper was not difficult but challenging.

"I didn't finish the last questions in trigonometry and transformation because they were difficult," Alta told SAnews.

However, unlike other learners, Alta found today's paper easier that Maths Paper 1. "I did better on Paper 2, even though it was challenging we've covered everything in the syllabus and there were no surprises in both Papers 1 and 2 and I think I've managed to get 60%," Alta said. - SAnews.gov.za

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