Helping the country one policy at the time her aim, says matric pupil

2016-01-06 17:25
Chandre Jacobs. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Chandre Jacobs. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town – Working independently and starting her studying early in the year landed matric pupil Chandre Jacobs six distinctions and a whopping 97% for business studies.

A mixture of relief, excitement, and exhaustion registered on her face as she walked out of Gardens Commercial High School in Cape Town with her results on Wednesday.

Her fellow pupils said her success was no surprise. She had been the top performing student since Grade 8.

Jacobs, from Eerste River, had another reason to celebrate. She said she had been accepted for a Business Science degree in economics, with law, at the University of Cape Town.

The soft-spoken, beaming youngster envisioned tackling the country’s problems through policy development. She imagined working behind the scenes in government, as opposed to in the limelight as a politician.

"I really want to work on some policies focused on economic growth and development. We have problems but these can be rectified if we try to tackle them and have the right policies in place.

"I think we can manage our natural resources more efficiently and I would also like to put policies in place to reduce poverty and unemployment."

Jacobs got 86% for English, 90% for Afrikaans, 71% for Mathematics, 94% for Life Orientation, 97% for Business Studies, 94% for Economics, and 92% for Visual Arts.

While preparing for her final exams, she felt challenged by time constraints and not being organised enough. She said the hard studying left her exhausted. Her friends hardly saw her.

"I didn’t feel excitement when the time came and it didn’t feel like it was the final exams."

The teenager credited her family’s support. They gave her quiet time and the space to study.

She advised future matric pupils to start studying early.

"Even go ahead of the class. Do things on your own and don’t wait for the teacher to help you. Then, if you see you don’t understand something, then you’ll actually have the chance to go and rectify that."

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