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The City of Cape Town’s Rylands Library hosted the eighth Matric Challenge earlier today. The programme is designed to bring the set work papers for Grade 12 learners to life and help prepare them for exams. Read more below:

‘The importance of reading cannot be emphasised enough and by making it fun and interactive, we hope to instil a love for reading in as many young people as we can possibly reach. Set work in high school is often seen as a chore, but with the Matric Challenge learners are shown a creative way of looking at the prescribed work and learning at the same time,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

The Matric Challenge started eight years ago as a Friends of Rylands library initiative in association with the staff at the facility. It is designed to bring to life the set work papers for Grade 12 learners, to make it a fun activity and help prepare the students for their exams.

‘Some of the aims of the Matric challenge are to encourage teenagers to read with understanding, improve their study skills, understand the set work from different viewpoints, create a competitive learning environment and provide learners with an opportunity to meet with peers from other schools,’ explained Councillor Badroodien.

The first competition took place with two participating schools, Rylands High school and Dural Islam high school.

This year, eight high schools from the surrounding area and a few from the greater Cape Town area participated.

The schools are: Crystal House, Athlone High, Rylands High, Gardens Commercial High, Oaklands High, Manenberg High, The Leadership College, and Al Azhar High.

Each school has two teams consisting of five participants per team and they were given questions on their set workbooks and could discuss answers before writing them down.

The challenge included four-set workbooks: Othello, Hamlet, The Life of Pi and The Picture of Dorian Gray and took place at the Gatesville Community Hall.

First-time entrants, Crystal House in Ottery, walked away the winners.

‘I commend all the learners who participated as it shows a commitment to their education and a willingness to acquire new learning skills. As they start a period of intense study before the final exams I wish them all the best and encourage them to make use of the facilities available at our libraries,’ added Councillor Badroodien.

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