Hard work pays off for girls’ school pupils

2017-01-11 06:01
                 PHOTO: SUPPLIED Elana Erasmus is the top achiever from Voortrekker High School with eight distinctions.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Elana Erasmus is the top achiever from Voortrekker High School with eight distinctions.

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SOME of the top matric pupils in and around the Midlands were ecstatic after hearing they were among the top performers in the province.

Thiyavani Balakrishna from Maritzburg Muslim School for Girls received seven distinctions.

“I am extremely relieved. I was hoping for good results, but I wasn’t expecting to do this well. I intend to study law and am still waiting for the universities where I applied to contact me,” she said.

Balakrishna attributed her good results to her family and her teachers, saying that they supported her and believed in her.

Another pupil from Maritzburg Muslim School for Girls who also received seven distinctions for her matric exams is Fathima Essop.

“I am excited. This is amazing as I was not expecting this at all,” she said.

Fathima said she is still undecided about studying dentistry or pharmacy.

Shaista Khan, also of Maritzburg Muslim School for Girls, received eight distinctions.

She said she would love to study medicine and thanked her parents and teachers for their encouragement, especially her principal.

Kimera Maharaj, from the same school, received seven distinctions and an additional distinction for her extra advanced programme mathematics, which she did on the side.

Luthfiya Tayob is also one of the top pupils from Maritzburg Muslim School for Girls.

Tayob said she has applied to many universities across the country to study medicine, but is still very stressed as she has not received any replies.

“I hope after my results I get an offer because it is very stressful not knowing if I will be able to study further,” she said.

Elana Erasmus, from Voortrekker, received eight distinctions.

“It all feels unreal because I was not expecting to do this well,” said Erasmus, who plans to study actuarial science and eventually own her own coffee shop one day.

Leandra Wiid, also from Voortrekker, received seven distinctions.

Wiid said she plans to study a bachelor in animal science.

Carter High School had two pupils with eight distinctions each.

Adam Butler, who received eight distinctions, plans to study a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Drama and English at Rhodes University.

Calyn Reddy from Carter High School, also with eight distinctions, plans to study medicine at the University of Pretoria this year.

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