Wartburg’s top matric aims to help shape SA’s future as teacher

2011-01-07 00:00

KARIN Rencken (18), the top pupil in the uMgungundlovu district, wants to be a biology teacher.

The pupil from Wartburg High School first learnt of her remarkable accomplishments at a ceremony in Durban where she was announced as the number one candidate in her district for the 2010 National Senior Certificate examination.

“I feel good. When I received a call to attend the function yesterday [Wednesday], I thought, ‘Cool’. But when my name was called out, I thought ‘yay for me!’ because you hope you would be number one. But when it happens, the feeling is just indescribable,” a beaming Karin told The Witness shortly after receiving her certificate.

The teen will read for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Pretoria. Then she plans to teach.

This is all thanks to the positive influence her Biology teacher had on her.

“It is amazing because of all the people I have told that to, their first question is not ‘wow!’, it’s ‘why?’ I find it a bit irritating. Some people will even ask why am I wasting my intelligence on teaching?”

Karin described her Biology teacher as “super-cool”.

“She actually left to have and raise her baby. I’m hoping to finish quickly and take her place,” Karin added jokingly.

But more than anything, Karin said she wants to be one of those who help shape the future of South Africa since she believes it all begins in the classroom.

Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High pupils Maseeha Rawat, Yorissa Padayachee and Sarah Murless were placed second, third and fourth respectively, while the fifth spot went to Maritzburg College pupil Rivahl-J Ramlall. The two friends, Sarah and Yorissa, who were present at the ceremony both plan to study Medicine, while Rivahl-J will study Mechanical Engineering at the university of KwaZulu-Natal.

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