GHS girls rack up top spots

2015-01-07 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG schools swept the floor clean by taking the top five positions in the uMgungundlovu education district.

This was announced during the release of the 2014 matric results in Durban yesterday.

Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School pupils took four of the coveted spots, drawing gasps from the 4 000-strong crowd, but the top honours went to Raisethorpe Secondary School’s Devania Govender, who scored a 94,5% average and obtained seven distinctions.

“It is exciting and unbelievable at the same time to be the first in the district,” she said.

All roads lead to the University of Cape Town this year as Devania wants to study medicine. She advised future matriculants on how to perform well in their final year.

“You just need to be yourself and not stress too much. Think of it like any other grade and just be consistent throughout the year,” she said.

Nasen Govender, Devania’s father, said she had consistently performed well in school and her family was therefore expecting her to produce good results.

“We knew that she would perform well so we weren’t nervous while we were waiting for her results. We are very proud parents today,” he said.

The Girls’ High School pupils — Jahnara Pillay, Demira Padayachee, Tivanya Pillay and Leigh-Ann van der Berg — were all in the same class but said they were not competitive. They said they got the call on Monday to be at yesterday’s event.

“When we got on the stage, it was scary with all the cameras, but we just thought ‘smile, smile, smile’,” said Tivanya.

Between them, they scored 30 distinctions.

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