PUPILS at schools across Mzansi celebrated finishing their matric exams in very different ways yesterday.

The ink on their final papers had barely dried when scores of matrics in townships hit the parks to celebrate, boozing as if there was no tomorrow.

Pupils from several high schools in Tsakane, Ekurhuleni flocked to Mponeng Park where they boozed and tore up their school uniforms.

“This is our time. Our parents will forgive us. Exam time was stressful and this is our moment to de-stress.”

Most of the pupils said they enjoyed their last paper.

“Most of the papers we wrote this year were tricky and wanted us to think outside the box. But we did our best,” said a pupil.

Monday saw matrics writing their third first additional language and religious studies papers in the afternoon. The matric exams ended yesterday with agricultural management practices written in the morning and design in the afternoon.

The Gauteng Department of Education discouraged pupils from taking part in pens down parties, warning that drugs and unprotected sex were common at such events.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said: “We plead with parents and members of the community to discourage these activities since they have the potential to rob our children off their future.

“We encourage pupils to donate their school uniforms to their schools so they can be used by those who need them most.”

Pupils will be able to collect their results at schools and examination centres on 5 January.