High hopes for matrics at historic KZN school founded by John Dube

2016-01-06 10:35

Durban – Pupils at the historic Ohlange High School in Inanda, north of Durban, have high hopes after finishing their matric year.

Matriculants at the school, founded by the first ANC president and struggle stalwart John Dube, told News24 on Wednesday they envisaged great accomplishments.

Mfanafuthi Khoza, an 18-year-old graphic design hopeful, said his matric year was exciting.

"I am a little nervous about the results, but I am also quite excited. There has been a lot of pressure this year and now our time is finally here. Whatever happens, I know I have learnt a lot from my teachers and friends.

"When you come to a school like this, you feel proud of its history and you know you will leave here with more than just academics."

Lungelo Shabalala, 18, who attended the school from grade 10, hoped to enrich South Africa’s agricultural sector.

"I want to study this and I know that my school has prepped me well for the future. Matric has not been easy, but I am fairly confident that what will come, will be good."

Shabalala said it was an honour to have attended the school.

But while waiting for the principal to arrive with the results, their conversation veered from discussions about their future to another issue bothering them.

Shabalala criticised Penny Sparrow, who landed herself in hot water for referring to black people as monkeys on social media.

"She is clearly lost in her own world. She is just as much a monkey as the rest of us. We all were once in that boat. We have learnt to ignore people of her nature. Coming to this school has taught us of the proud heritage of our people.”

Sanele Mkhanwanazi, 19, brought the conversation back to their results, saying he was proud of his matric year, no matter what the result.

"I am just proud to be at this school. It is a wonderful place and our teachers are great. We have learnt a lot about the rich history of our country with our academics."

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