Shouts, tears of joy as Soweto's top performers get results

2016-01-06 13:00
Pabala Phiri and Lebo Masekoameng are Forte Secondary School's top achievers with 7 and 8 distinctions respectively. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Pabala Phiri and Lebo Masekoameng are Forte Secondary School's top achievers with 7 and 8 distinctions respectively. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - When Lebogang Masekoameng read the paper just after 01.00 on Wednesday morning and realised he had passed his final exams with eight distinctions, he shouted at the top of his lungs.

The Forte Secondary School pupil from Dobsonville, Soweto, could not contain his excitement at the outcome of his hard work. But shortly after his celebrations, he had to calm down and comfort his weeping mother.

"I first heard the results from my friends, then I was running around looking for a newspaper. It was really nerve-racking. I shouted and the next thing I had to comfort my mother because she was crying tears of joy," Masekoameng said.

The 18-year-old exuded confidence and spoke with a broad bright smile across his face when recounting the number of calls and messages that have been streaming in to congratulate him on his achievements.

He said the death of a high school pupil in Dobsonville, linked to satanic rituals, had also affected the class of 2015 spiritually.

"We also had to nurture our spiritual beings as well our academic and by combining those two and nurturing them equally, your success was inevitable."

His classmate Pabala Phiri said she received calls shortly after midnight from her teachers, telling her she had passed with seven distinctions.

"I didn't believe them; I just wanted to see that newspaper and there was nowhere I could find the paper."

She said although her family had expected her to do well, they had no idea she would achieve such results.

Masekoameng said the introduction of tablets into the syllabus was highly tempting, but he managed to stay disciplined throughout the year.

"Those tablets were a huge temptation, you'd be there playing your games, listening to music and Youtube and everything, instead of studying.

"You had to have a lot of self-discipline and say 'Okay, by this time I must have studied this much and this is how I'm going to use my tablet and what not'."

Phiri plans to study accounting at the University of Pretoria and qualify as a chartered accountant. Meanwhile, Masekoameng has his sights on the Western Cape and intends to study Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town.

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