Inspired by other top achievers

2014-01-07 00:00

SEEING fellow pupils before her graduate with top marks and move on to achieve greater things motivated Sinethemba Khoza to work hard.

Khoza (19), of Emhlwaneni High School in Ladysmith, scored eight distinctions, in Zulu, English, Afrikaans, mathematics, life orientation, geography, life science and physical science.

She was among six pupils who scored eight distinctions each at the school, something one of the teachers described as “wonderful news”.

“There was a girl in my school last year who worked hard and I think she got a chance to move to Durban. That is something that I also wanted for myself and that motivated me to work very hard,” said Khoza.

She said she had to sacrifice to achieve her marks. “I love television very much so I had to give that up, and work hard. I also started preparing for my exams earlier on around July. When we wrote tests I would look at my results and understand what I should do in exams.”

Khoza said next year she hopes to either study medicine or electrical engineering at the University of Cape Town.

“Once I’ve graduated, I hope to come back to uplift my community, in the township where I am. Education amongst the youth is not taken seriously so I want to be able to encourage them and perhaps invest in things such as libraries where all books will be available.”

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