Local pupils’ hard work pays off

2016-01-19 06:00
 Premier Helen Zille, Shirley Harding, principal of Wynberg Girls' High School, Angie Motshekga, minister of basic education, and Debbie Schäfer, provincial minister of education.

Premier Helen Zille, Shirley Harding, principal of Wynberg Girls' High School, Angie Motshekga, minister of basic education, and Debbie Schäfer, provincial minister of education.

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It was a day of jubilation as the province’s schools and matriculants who did well in the recent matric exams were celebrated recently.

Those who did well were praised at an award ceremony at the provincial premier’s residence.

Wynberg Girls’ High School was also recognised for academic excellence. The school attained a 99.5% matric pass rate compared to 99.4% in 2014.

One of the ceremony attendees, Rebecca Haines from Rustenburg Girls’ High School in Rosebank, who got seven distinctions, said she loved swimming but to make sure she achieved better academic results, she had to cut her swimming time.

“I had to put so much work into my studies and cut on what I really love. I also didn’t go out as much and I’m glad that it has paid off. It really feels good to be recognised and to know that your hard work was not in vain,” she said.

Eight AsAnother attendee, Samantha Elizabeth Hearn from Herschel Girls’ School in Claremont, who has eight distinctions, said she was excited when she received her results.

“I wasn’t expecting it. I worked really hard, but I didn’t know I would do so well.

“I’m looking forward to my first year at the University of Cape Town where I will be studying Medicine. I’m nervous but even more excited and looking forward to a new challenge,” she said.

Ministerial praiseAttending the award ceremony was Angie Motshekga, minister of basic education, who congratulated the province for achieving the top pass rate in the country.

“I want to congratulate the province for the leadership and the good work. As a department we really appreciate the work that the province is doing. When a province does well and works hard, it pulls up everything with it. Everything excels,” said Motshekga.

Debbie Schäfer, provincial minister of education, said at the ceremony they were pleased with the results.

“Given the many challenges our education system faces, improving the quality of education is only possible through sustained interventions in our schools and the hard work of the matrics, their teachers and district officials,” she said.

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