‘It was like a night vigil’ as pupils waited for their matric results to come out

2014-01-08 00:00

MANY pupils were up in the early hours of the morning to wait for their results at outlets around Pietermaritzburg.

Pravesh Govender, who waited at the Sasol Garage in Northdale with a pupil he was accompanying, said, “It was like a night vigil as students waited for their matric results outside the shops and petrol outlets in and around Pietermaritzburg.” He said he had been driving around the city looking for a newspaper to see his friend’s results.

Terscilla Chinasamy from Raise­thorpe Secondary School, one of the top matriculants who already knew that she had done well after being interviewed by a newspaper, said she still waited for the newspaper to be one of the first to see their results.

Mpilwenhle Shabalala and Sandile Ngubane did their school — Edendale Technical High School — proud, both getting six distinctions.

Shabalala was among around 200 pupils who waited anxiously at the BP garage in Edendale for the newspapers carrying their results.

He said they were teasing each other about the possibility of failing as they passed the time. It was a party atmosphere as some of the cars parked there played music. “I was too scared to open the newspaper and check my name until some of my school teachers shouted that I had passed,” said an elated Shabalala. He will be doing a BComm accounting at Wits University this year if he gets the bursary he hopes for. “I am the first student to pass with six As in my area and the first at home,” said Shabalala.

His father died in 2004 and he was then supported by his mother Thobile and the extended family.

“My mother supported me to be a better person. I am going to better my life,” vowed a grinning Shabalala.

His mother, Thobile, told The Witness that her son had made her very “proud by passing with flying colours”.

Edendale Technical High School governing body chairperson Sie Zondi said parents should support their children.

“Parents must make sure that they support their children with their school work and other school materials that they need. We need to join forces with the teachers in making school a good environment for the children.

“We are happy with the quality and the curriculum of this school but we must remember that if a student fails, it will be a 100% fail at his or her home. So we want all children to pass,” said Zondi.

Raisethorpe Secondary School principal Indran Pillay said the bachelors pass at his school increased from 75% to 81% and said the school did well.

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