Top achiever swapped provinces in search of better education

2016-01-06 18:03
Pheziwe Mkhalane. (Naledi Shange, News24)

Pheziwe Mkhalane. (Naledi Shange, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Only 61% of pupils who enrolled in 2004 made it to matric - expert

2016-01-06 16:39

Education expert stresses why reading to learn is as critical as learning to read.WATCH

Johannesburg - Pheziwe Mkhalane moved from the Eastern Cape to Johannesburg in 2013 in the hope of getting a better education.

- Get your matric results here

All her efforts paid off when she was named the top performing learner in a township school in 2015.

Mkhalane, who is petite in stature, received eight distinctions.

"I don't want to talk badly about my home province, but the level isn't the same as here," she said.

The Eastern Cape was the worst performing province for 2015, while Gauteng was second after being narrowly beaten by the Western Cape.

Speaking to News24 at an event hosted to honour the province's top matric performers, Mkhalane said when she moved to the province, she first stayed with her aunt. But shortly before her exams, she moved in with one of her teachers from the Unity Secondary School.

"My English teacher suggested that I come and live with her from August. It gave me a chance to get good results because at home (her aunt's house), there were kids who would sometimes be noisy," said Mkhalane.

Her teacher had a son who was also in matric and who did the same subjects as her, so she had a study partner.

Mkhalane said her biggest fear was to complete school, but not have funds to study further.

But now, she has several options to choose from after being awarded a bursary by the education department.

Her principal, Wandile Makhubu, also told News24 that he had been contacted by the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants with an offer to foot the bill for Mkhalane's studies.

Mkhalane's eyes widened with excitement as she read the sms from a SAICA representative on Makhubu's phone.

The emotional youngster said she could not believe it.

"I didn't think I would do this well," she said.

Mkhalane said she received further good news on Wednesday morning when her phone beeped with a sms from the University of Witwatersrand, telling her she had been accepted.

She planned to study towards a BCom in Accounting Science.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  education  |  matric 2015

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.