He sacrificed sport and buckled down to succeed

2014-01-07 00:00

DEVESHAN Pillay gave up both tennis and cricket to ace his matric year — and the sacrifice paid off this morning with 10 distinctions and a blazing future.

The 17-year old Crossmoor Secondary School pupil said he had not always been a “straight-A” student, but that “very hard work” — including extra tuition, a sleepless October and extended test preparation — had led to his stunning success.

But Deveshan also credited “some great teachers” — above all, principal Vinay Motheeram, who offered optional physical science tuition every Wednesday afternoon last year.

Motheeram told The Witness: “Deveshan is a very bright boy who put in all the work; we’re thrilled for him.”

Deveshan said: “Our principal really sacrificed for us; I think he made a difference not so much in that particular subject, but overall in how to learn.”

Deveshan added: “I felt I had to give up tennis and cricket, but I made sure I played soccer — you have to keep healthy above all in Grade 12. I hope to study civil engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal — I’ve provisionally registered.”

However, he admitted that he would probably pursue his career overseas due to the better salaries offered.

The son of a teacher and a housewife, Deveshan chose to take business studies, and maths and engineering design as extra subjects “to keep my options open” — but ended up acing them along with distinctions in his core six subjects.

His father, Logan Pillay, said “lots of sacrifice” had been the key to his son’s achievement.

Asked what his legacy for future matriculants might be, Deveshan said: “Hopefully my results could motivate them to work harder”.

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