CXC stated that your story must not exceed 400-450 words, but yet, these story does. Was these story given full marks? If they were, then CXC, shame on you, you’re setting a bad example for candidates. These stories are some good stories, no doubt about that. But should this story or any other story which had violated the rules of the exam be awarded best story? I think not. I suggest that you show us one that does or you extend the word limit for short stories.
Out of 10 short stories and CXC cannot show us an example of a good short story that fits their criteria.
Is it that CXC is conceding or stating that an excellent story cannot be accomplished with just 400-450 words? If not, then show us one that does. I suggest, this year perhaps?
Most time when student fail these exams and, I’m sure that persons on this site who had sit the exam already and failed will definitely agree with me, that it’s not because they didn’t practice or study but because their under the pressure of writing a good story that they think you the makers would love, In just 400-450 words.
Remember, students are under great pressure when they are given task such as this to accomplish. They are under the burden of their parents. And most time parents go bizarre when their child fails and in most cases the child is severely punished. I for example, have witness where a girl hand been physically abused by her father because she only pasted four exams out of eight. They are under numerous amount of pressure. It is a known fact and it has been scientifically tested and proven that when the brain goes under a burden of stress it tends to lose consciousness. So how can someone give of his best when he or she is not in total control?
Again I ask, CXC, is it a fact that an excellent story cannot be written with all the elements that are supposed to be in a story and it should be vividly composed and structured, cannot be written in just 400-450 words? We candidates need to know. We are the one spending. It’s our future being targeted not yours.
CXC stop misleading and misguiding the candidates.