DAY one of the national exams went off without any major glitches in the Eastern Cape. Provincial education spokesman Malibongwe Mtima said more than 68000 pupils wrote yesterday's English first paper.
"We faced some challenges in areas like Ngqamakhwe village near Mthatha about the paper arriving 30 minutes before the writing. That is not right according to our standards, but we tried our best," he said.
In Nelson Mandela Bay, pupils had mixed feelings about the paper.
Gelvandale High School pupil Terri Muller said the paper was a walk in the park.
"The paper was fairly easy for me, nothing major. Our teachers gave us a booklet with some tips on how to cope and manage the exam period," she said
Chapman High School pupil Pulula Soya said she battled, but promised to do better in the next paper.
"Although I had prepared for this paper, I struggled with it until I ran out of time. So for me, this was not a good start," she said. – Sive Zuzile