Reality of job hunting sinks in after matric
Matriculant Sikelela Baca from Mount Frere Senior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape was yesterday delighted to be named among the top students from historically disadvantaged schools.
Baca obtained a C in isiXhosa First Language HG, D in English First Language HG, A in mathematics HG, B in biology HG, B in agriculturalacience HG and B in physical science SG.
"I have been working very hard to ensure that I passed my matric, but I did not expect to do well in mathematics.
"I would like to thank everyone who helped me, especially my teachers," said an excited Baca.
School principal Mpondokazi Luhabe sang the praises of the youngster.
She said Baca was committed and dedicated to his work.
Her school has produced three top pupils in the past few years who got the MEC and Premiers Awards. This year two pupils from the school got awards.
Baca said he intended to study Medicine at Medunsa.
l Mthetho Ndoni reports that matriculants throughout the Nelson Mandela Bay area have been flocking to corner newsstands since the early hours of yesterday morning to check if they made the grade.
In Port Elizabeth alone there were 7095 matric candidates, who wrote exams this year and 5335 - 67,5percent - passed, slightly down from last year.
Now thousands of matric candidates have received their results, but those wanting to find a job straight away face an uphill battle.
Nombuyiseko Mani, 18, from Ndzondelelo Secondary School in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, helps her mother as a street vendor.
Mani said her matric results are far better than she expected and she hopes that her matric certificate will land her a better job next year.
"If I had enough money or a bursary I would continue with my studies until I become something in life. I could help my family out of my professional life," Mani said.
A study conducted by the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) shows that about two thirds of those wanting to work will simply not find a job.
HSRC spokesman Michael Cosser said for thousand of matriculants throughout the country, job hunting will not be easy.
He said another reason for concern is the drop-out rate at tertiary level.