Rural school achiever: six distinction triumph against the odds

2010-01-07 00:00

DESPITE studying at a rural school in kwaSwayimane, with barely enough resources, Sindiswa Maphumulo (16) managed to obtain six distinctions.

Sindiswa, from Masijabule High School, could not contain her excitement as she told The Witness that she has already been accepted at Medunsa to study medicine.

She said that, although she has always been a straight-A student, it was not easy as she had to juggle studying and doing house chores. “Every spare minute that I got, I used it for studying and past matric examination papers assisted me a lot.”

She said that, despite not having enough resources, her teachers were very dedica­ted and did their utmost.

Raised by a single mother, together with her three siblings, Sindiswa hopes that this is the beginning of a better life for her family as she will be able to take care of her siblings after completing her degree. Advising this year’s matriculants she said: “They must all begin with the motto that says, ‘To be a hero one day, you ought to work as a slave today’. They must start preparing themselves from the first day back at school.”

School principal Mthetho Ngcobo said he is very proud as it shows the school is still continuing with its culture of producing good results, as two of 2008’s matric pupils obtained 12 distinctions between them.

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