Kharina pupil makes history

2010-01-07 00:00

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy from Kharina Secondary School in Northdale has made history at his school when he obtained distinctions in all seven of his subjects — the first to make a clean sweep at the school.

When The Witness phoned Sanele Nene at his Bisley home, he thought it was a prank call. “I was expecting six distinctions and not seven, simply because the Maths paper was extremely difficult,” he said.

He said that he wished his late mother could be here to celebrate with him. “But my aunt and Dad have always been supportive,” he said.

Nene has been accepted to study Accounting Science at Wits University. “My biggest challenge at this moment is finance. I have obtained a partial bursary, which is not enough for me to meet the financial requirements,” he said.

Sanele said he started preparing for the exams from January. “Some people have always thought of me as a troublemaker, but today, they’ve been all proved wrong,” he said.

His school principal, Yubentheran Moodley, said they are tremendously excited about Sanele’s results. “We’ve been running matric in our school since 1986, and it is the first time that such a thing happens. I must say though, we’ve been expecting this, because [Sanele] has always shown potential and effort in his studies. He is a credit to the school, his family and the rainbow,” said Moodley.

Alexandra High School also had a pupil with six distinctions. Ntombifuthi Phakathi from Bergville said excitement isn’t quite the word to describe her feelings. “I wasn’t expecting this. I am totally speechless because, to be honest, I was only expecting four distinctions and three Bs,” she said.

Ntombifuthi, who was a deputy head pupil, said she only started preparing herself after she finished writing her trial exams. “The trials were difficult; that’s the reason I decided to pull up my socks and study hard,” she said.

Phakathi is planning on studying Actuarial Science at UCT this year.

She said her secret has always been staying focused and knowing what she wants in life.

Principal Andrew Graaf said he was expecting good results from Ntombifuthi.

He described her as a remar­kable, charming lady and a “shi­ning star”, who “has always had a good balance between maths, science and language. She is very talented, hardworking, committed and focused in her studies,” said Graaf.

“We at Alexandra High are extremely delighted and proud of her,” said Graaf.

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