South Africa - Cape Town - Portrait of matric student, Tanya Syce, 17 (center) and her family in Steenberg. Tanya Syce is in grade 12 at Heathfield High School. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency(ANA)

Doing matric during the Covid-19 pandemic

CAPE TOWN – It has not been an easy ride for the matric class of 2020 who will go down in history as the class who withstood the Covid-19 global pandemic.

This year’s matric learners had the obstacle of finding ways to survive in a digital space where virtual classrooms and various online learning was the only way to learn.

“I wasn’t planning on going back to school, my parents weren’t ready to send me back to school and then school started that Monday, and I only went back on Thursday,” Tanya Syce from Steenberg told IOL.co.za.

“Obviously, you get your energy from them, so if they feel like it’s not safe – they always know what’s best for you,” she said.

Syce attends Heathfield High School added that there were many changes in the classroom with desks spaced out according to the national safety regulations.

Also, students were not allowed to move around to their various classrooms, instead, teachers came to them.

She admits that at times they forget about the pandemic and friends stand close to one another, but that teachers are always around to remind them about the safety precautions.

Ashley Adams from Eagle Park, a pupil at the Cape Academy of Mathematics Science and Technology, admits that it has not been an easy year for him and that he decided to make the most of the situation despite the circumstances.

“I was a bit panicked because the school didn’t have a lot of resources that they sent to us, so I had to find my own resources from websites to help me study and get study guides,” said Adams.

“I did my work every day and my family were very supportive and got extra resources to help me study.

“I had a study timetable which I followed every day and that helped me cope,” he said.

 

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