The 2021 matric class experienced one of the most challenging and uncertain academic years due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the national lockdown restrictions. Disruption and uncertainty was experienced throughout 2021.
Learners had to deal with the stress of being in matric, had to cope with the pandemic, illness, loss and death of family and friends and bereavement.
Matric learners had to adapt to online learning, something novel and disrupted lesson times. These challenges placed tremendous pressure on the matriculants of 2021.
Remember, not performing according to expectation or form is a natural part of life, which, although disappointing, allows us to grow, become resilient and improve our ability to cope with adversity.
A learner should not be overly concerned or distressed with an unexpected result. It is normal to feel anxious or stressed. Underperformance or even failure does not spell the end of the road.
Friends, parents and family should be supportive and give messages of hope, goodwill and encouragement, especially where a student has not done well. A few words of motivation, encouragement and hope can go a long way in easing the pressure and anxiety of underachievement.
Matric is one exam and phase in life, nothing more. The world is a vast place. The key is to remain positive and avoid the negative talk. Always look at the bright side. Many people have enjoyed exceptional success despite having not made it in matric.
If you are struggling to cope, help is at hand. Do not fall into the trap of negative whispers and down talk.
Parents, family and friends should play their role with the following:
Be present and supportive
Be there to help a student cope through a less than expected result sheet or failure
Do not project negative emotions or feelings towards someone who has performed poorly
Remain supportive by reaching out with support instead of telling them what could have been
FAIL in essence means first attempt in learning – a person will continue learning for life!
Darul Ihsan Media Desk