Eight distinctions come as a surprise to two hard-working pupils

2016-01-06 10:45
Tejal Bhagwandeen achieved eight distinctions in the 2015 matric results.

Tejal Bhagwandeen achieved eight distinctions in the 2015 matric results. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Both Raisethorpe Secondary pupils who achieved eight distinctions each in this year’s matric results said they did not expect such excellent marks.

Devlin Govender and Tejal Bhagwandeen were the stars of Raisethorpe Secondary School being the only pupils to achieve eight distinctions.

Govender said his matric year was one of the most fun and difficult years of his life and although he enjoyed it, he “really won’t miss school”.

With his head held high after receiving news of his results, Govender said he is feeling better about studying chemical engineering at the University of Cape Town.

“If I had to tell the matrics of this year anything, I would say work hard and do not let the adults pressurise you. They must discover and understand how they study best and they must learn to enjoy the year,” said Govender.

When asked what some of the sacrifices he made through the year were, Govender said it was his “precious” sleep.

“The biggest sacrifice I made was losing sleep during my matric year. Now I can sleep for days knowing I passed and did well,” laughed Govender.

He said some of his biggest supporters were his friends who always encouraged him through the year.

“I have amazing friends and we are all big supporters of each other. Now that the year is over I am going to spend more time with them,” he said.

Bhagwandeen, travelling to Cape Town for a holiday yesterday, said receiving news that she was one of the top pupils came as a surprise.

Bhagwandeen said she gained confidence that she would do well when she developed an easy-going study method and walked out of the examination rooms feeling good.

“I worked consistently and started studying from earlier on in the year. I took breaks and would relieve my stress by playing with my dog,” she said.

She said having two little and loud sisters would usually be a nightmare to study around but even her sisters supported her by keeping quiet during her study time. She added that one of her biggest sacrifices was not watching television series during her matric year. Bhagwandeen will be studying microbiology at the University of KwaZulu Natal and to commemorate her excellent results, she will be getting a third ear piercing in Cape Town.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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