Did you reward your child for their matric results?
This past Friday, parents of matriculants breathed a deep sigh of relief as the long-awaited national matric results were revealed.
And considering the 0.3% increase from the previous year's pass rate, we're sure that more than a few moms and dads must have had some strategy around motivating their teens to achieve their absolute best.
Or did they?
According to a Parent24 poll, they most definitely did.
We asked whether parents would be rewarding their children for great matric results, and their responses were quite unanimous (scroll down to the bottom of the page to add your vote).
A few months ago, a young man boasted on Twitter that he was rewarded for his straight A report card with a Rolls Royce. The photo shows him posing in front of a car, which may – or may not – actually belong to him.
straight A’s got me a brand new $400,000 Roll Royce?? pic.twitter.com/ivKsVT2ehL— ali?? (@lebaenesepapii) December 3, 2017
His tweet – which probably, hopefully, was firmly tongue in cheek – opened up a slew of hilarious responses. And also raised the question: what reward did you promise to your matriculant or other children for bringing home a good report card?
Here's what the Twitterverse had to say about the extravagant gift:
"A sense of guilt over their long term neglect and focus on making money at the expense of my emotional health resulted in my parents buying me a car in a vain effort to make themselves feel better and show that they care in the only way they know how"
— ZougaTheFist (@ZougaTheFist) December 6, 2017
you need a brother ? ?? pic.twitter.com/JbmMoxtwjp— Greg ???? (@IilGreg) December 5, 2017
Straight A's but you spelled Rolls-Royce wrong? Lmao— L E S T E R (@Neglester) December 4, 2017
One B Papi and all you get is a Ferrari. Do I make myself clear?— Swamp Cracker (@SwampCrackerJoe) December 4, 2017
Some parents believe in keeping it real
Straight A's only gets me a pat on the back— an illusion?? (@joham_suarez) December 3, 2017
I get a high five— Nargis?? (@nargis_anw) December 4, 2017
one time my mom gave me $20 for straight A’s. she just left it on the counter with no note but I assume it was for all my hard work ??— Reina Weinstock (@reinaww) December 3, 2017
Straight a’s got me a roof over my head lmao— ?? baby britt ?? (@computerlsr) December 4, 2017
I got "OK!" from my parents. pic.twitter.com/gnIyN6bffS— Mc'au (@ItumelengMakau) December 5, 2017
All straight As got me was tokens pic.twitter.com/jT4Q7WLGAq— Manfred the Mammoth (@runner_guy) December 4, 2017
Straight A’s used to get me dinner before bed— Tiffany Henson (@Teafunny11) December 4, 2017
I got a, “No A plus?” pic.twitter.com/pKbgLyfsei— Ajia ??????? (@Gahzalia91) December 4, 2017
My dad used to do that for us. A live chicken every year. It was thee best feeling ever ??????. I got a whole goat on my matric year coz there were some distinctions on that statement of results thing. I nearly died ??????— Blessings for 2018 coming ?????????? (@thee_zanele) December 4, 2017
Did you reward your child for passing matric or any other grade? Tell us about it by commenting below or emailing to email@example.com and we could publish your response. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous.
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