Maths teacher my inspiration - Mpumalanga top student

2016-01-07 06:50
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Mbombela - Mpumalanga's overall top performing matric pupil Sumaiya Jeewa has attributed her success to her maths teacher.

Jeewa, 18, from Middelburg, got six distinctions in mathematics, physical science, accounting, life science, English and Afrikaans.

"I became the overall winner because of my maths teacher Jackson Mhlanga taught me to work hard. This did not only make me excel in maths, but in other subjects as well," she said.

She said her teacher also encouraged her to pursue a career path that will help other people.

"I want to pursue a dentistry course at the University of Pretoria. I believe my career will help a lot of people, thanks to the motivation I received from Mr Mhlanga and my parents," she said.

Jeewa admitted that it wasn't all smooth-sailing.

"Matric is a challenging grade. Everyone works hard and they want to make sure that they pass with flying colours. Healthy competition can unleash the best in all of us," she said.

Her advice for the class of 2016 is simple: "Work hard. Anything is possible."

Provincial education MEC Reginah Mhaule commended teachers for their sterling work in 2015.

"I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the class of 2015 for this achievement. Equally, I wish to profoundly thank our beloved teachers for the good work done. It is clear that if we continue to support our teachers, a lot of good will see the light of day.

"We are equally grateful for the support we have received from our stakeholders, from the teacher unions, religious fraternity, sister departments, non-governmental organisations, business fraternity and to all organisations and individuals who support the department," said Mhaule.

Mhaule said although the province dropped from a 79% pass rate in 2014 to 78.6% in 2015, she was impressed that more matric writers had passed.

"The total number of full time learners who wrote the 2015 Grade 12 examination is 54 980 and of this number 43 229 passed, which translates to 7 614 more learners passing compared to 2014. It is the first time that Mpumalanga province passes such a huge number of learners.

'"On that score, it gives me pleasure to announce that the Grade 12 class of 2015 has achieved a 78.6% pass rate," she said.

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