Although there's been a 3.1% improvement in the 2018 matric pass rate, there are many students not currently celebrating but dealing with the stigma of not passing their exams.
20 years ago a 702 listener was one of those matriculants who had to deal with the challenges that come with failing.
Although he ended up passing his supplementary exams, Frank says he still experiences the same trauma every year at this time.
I went to school and everybody was jumping around and getting their results and I got mine and the secretary said, oh you failed.— Frank, listener
I walked away thinking, oh my word... the whole world is going to come crashing down on me...— Frank, listener
You have that feeling of hopelessness in your heart knowing that you have not only not passed matric, but you have failed your teachers, you've failed your parents, you've failed your family, you've failed everything...— Frank, listener
Frank says his wish is to encourage all the students who did not make it to believe that there is still hope if they try again.
I can still feel the pain of the scholars who did not make it.— Frank, listener
I just wish I could stand in a stadium and say to all those who have not passed come to me and I will give you them the confidence to make it in their next supplementary exams.— Frank, listener
I would like to say that you have the right to live, the sun will shine for you tomorrow...— Frank, listener
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