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Common mistakes we all make in high school

High school mistakes


You always hear people talking about high school as being the best years of your life. For some individuals, high school is, however for others these years can be extremely difficult and lonely. One thing we all have in common during these years, is that we all make mistakes.

There are those individual and groups of friends who flourish and are able to grow and mature into responsible adults. However, there are those students who, for some reason or another, struggle during these years and only mature and become their own person in college.

High school is a phase of life to grow, learn and experience different things about ourselves, and most of all make mistakes. High school is not the same experience for all individuals. Even though we might share similar experiences, high school has a different effect and is a different experience for each and everyone of us. It is during these formative years that we grow and learn from mistakes.

Here are few examples.

  • You hook up and get together with someone you honestly did not want to or intend to hook up with.
  • You will have negative thoughts about your grades and think that they will haunt you for the rest of your life.
  • You will give in to peer pressure and try drinking or some drug.
  • You will be too shy to ask questions in class because you feel embarrassed.
  • You will argue and fight with a friend over a girl or boy.
  • You will never think about saving money for a raining day.
  • You won’t help or assist someone who is being bullied because of what other might say or do to you.
  • You will argue and fight with your parents or guardian way too much.
  • You won’t participate in or do enough after school activities and sport.
  • You will worry and care way too much about how others perceive, think and talk about you.
  • You will at some point in time wear something that is completely embarrassing.
  • You will drop your closest friend for to be part another group that is way more cool.
  • You will spend too much time trying to hook up with someone.
  • You will think that you are a “know it all” and never stop to listen to anyone’s opinion, thoughts, or advice.
  • You will meet and date someone and think that this is the one for life.
  • You will think that you are too cool and not spend enough time with your siblings.
  • You will allow someone to take advantage of you only because they are an authoritarian figure in your life.
  • You will never let a guy or girl know that you have a crush on them till its too late.
  • You think you completely know yourself, however over time you will change.

Survey suggest that most pupils do not complete high school


Two out of every three pupils in Grade 10 do not go on to pass matric, a survey has found.

“Most pupils who drop out before completing high school do so as a result of a lack of funds,” SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) researcher Jonathan Snyman said.

“Other common reasons that pupils leave school are to look for work or because of family commitments. There is also a common view that being at school is not relevant to their lives,” he said.


The SAIRR survey found that fewer than half of those who enrolled in Grade 10 in 2008 sat for the 2010 matric exams.

Only 34 percent of all 2008 pupils went on to pass matric in 2010, and only a third of those passes were good enough to gain admission to university to study for a bachelor’s degree.

Those who did not complete high school along with those whose highest qualification was matric, accounted for 81 percent of all unemployed in the country, the survey found.


Only six percent of the unemployed were people who had completed a tertiary education.

Mr Snyman added the fact that ‘the most significant concern is that students who drop out of school more often than not never go back to complete their education. As much as one third of all 15-24 year-olds typically are not in employment, education, or training’.

The survey was based on data released by the department of basic education and will be officially released next week.

Source:  SAIRR


South Africa shows improvement in high school matric pass rate

Keep flying Mzansi. Keep flying!!!

South Africans currently have a valid reason for being pleased with the Class of 2010, who have registered a pass rate of 67.8%.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga revealed the final results at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

This has been a significant change for the better of 7.2 percentage points from the previous year of 60.6% national pass rate, she proclaimed.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

“We would like to congratulate the class of 2010, they did us proud! Their unwavering dedication and perseverance is commendable,” Motshekga stated.

“The class of 2010 is genuinely completely unique!”

“We certainly have worked hard to guarantee the credibility of the exams,” Motshekga added. “Umalusi organised standardisation of exams on 24 December to make certain that the quality of final results is equivalent to previous years.”

She acknowledged the department’s determination  and dedication to alter the status quo of prior results originated from the recognition and understanding that education and learning appeared to be the motivating force of national change and performed a crucial role in enhancing individuals everyday life.

Pass rates for the individual provinces were reassuring in 2010, with all registering a marked improvement from the previous year:

* Gauteng: 78.6% (71.8% in 2009)
* Western Cape: 76.8% (75.7% in 2009)
* North West: 75.7% (67.5% in 2009)
* Northern Cape: 72.3% (61% in 2009)
* KwaZulu-Natal: 70.7% (61.1% in 2009)
* Free State: 70.7% (69.4% in 2009)
* Eastern Cape: 58.3% (51% in 2009)
* Limpopo: 57.9% (48.9% in 2009)
* Mpumalanga: 56.8% (47.9% in 2009)

Calls for improvement

Motshekga continued to praise and wished the Class of 2011 well, and called upon them to further improve on the matric pass rate.

“The Class of 2010 has demonstrated to us that there is absolutely no mountain we simply cannot climb when we are up for the challenge,” she proclaimed, adding that pupils, parents, teachers and all South African citizens really should pull together with each other to help and support all students, from Grade 1 up to Grade 12.

She continued to mention that there would be a more intense focus on making improvements to overall performance in maths and science, school infrastructure as well as the fundamental functionality of all schools.

“Along with resources allocated by the Cabinet at the end of 2010, we are going to be in a position to begin the process of dealing with unacceptable adn unacceptable school structures,” Motshekga pointed out. “We will construct and renovate laboratories, libraries, specialist rooms and administration blocks where there are actually none in existence”.

“Between 2011 and 2014, we will be focused on and committed to dealing with all our sanitation and water supply problems.”

Motshekga added the fact that textbooks along with other learning and teaching materials had in addition been recognized as a high priority.

Source: BuaNews