Brother follows in sister’s 7-A footsteps, thanks folks for keeping TV off

2016-01-07 10:00
Devania Govender (18) and her brother Nicolin (17) both got top marks in matric in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Devania Govender (18) and her brother Nicolin (17) both got top marks in matric in 2014 and 2015 respectively. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Pietermaritzburg family of matric brilliance that produced two top achievers in two consecutive years yesterday told of their secret to success.

Strong family support and the ability to create an atmosphere conducive to studying at home is what got Devania Govender (18) and her brother Nicolin (17) a full set of distinctions in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Both flying the Raisethorpe Secondary School flag high, the siblings are now looking ahead to a prosperous future.

Devania, who is readying herself for her second year of medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT), was placed first in the district and ninth in the province in her 2014 matric year.

With his sights set on becoming a pilot, Nicolin was yesterday elated to discover that he achieved seven distinctions for his perseverance during the 2015 matric year.

The siblings said the key to their outstanding results was supporting each other through high school which sometimes meant doing homework at the table together and helping one another work through tricky examples.

“I learnt a lot from my sister as I would go up to her with difficult examples and she would guide me through,” Nicolin said.

“We found it difficult to learn in an isolated environment and would always do our work while sitting around a table together.”

They both had their parents to thank for “not being so strict” and expecting them to take the initiative to study upon themselves.

“My parents would not watch television while we were studying, they would bring us snacks and stay up with us until we were finished,” Devania said.

“I think this study environment helped us achieve our marks.”

Sharing their advice with matrics of 2016, the siblings said it is essential to be consistent throughout the year and to find a balance between school work and a social life.

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