Local top matric achievers surprised by high national ranking

2014-01-08 00:00

IT felt good to get so much attention just for doing well in matric, joked Yusuf Mahomed, one of the top matriculants from Maritzburg College who achieved 10 distinctions.

He was among the top matriculants acknowledged for their outstanding performances by the KZN Education Department in Durban yesterday.

Mohamed was placed third in the country for his outstanding performance in the matric class of 2013. He shares this position with Priyanka Ramgoolam from Pietermarizburg Girls’ High.

Although pleased with his achievements, he did not expect to be ranked so high nationally.

“I have to perform very well at university. Passing matric is just the beginning for better prospects,” he said.

An excited Mohamed was thrilled to be acknowledged by the country, province and uMgungudlovu District. He dedicated his achievements to the support he received from his teachers and parents.

With his dream of becoming an asset manager, Mohamed will study actuarial science at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Mohamed was among the top pupils who were honoured by the Department of Basic Education in Johannesburg on Monday night.

“All that has happened was very interesting and inspired me to do much better at the university.”

Another Maritzburg College pupil, Blake Player (18), with nine distinctions, is ranked third in the uMgungundlovu school district. “It’s a big recognition for me,” he said.

“I was not expecting this, I just wanted to pass matric.”

Player is torn between whether he should study business financial accounting at the University of Cape Town or B.Com (Accounting) at Stellenbosch University.

“I’m happy that I passed, but now I have to make this big decision.”

For Eric van Heeswijk (18), achieving nine distinctions was totally unexpected.

“I wanted to achieve high marks but it feels really good to be in this position today. I’m among the top five,” he said.

Van Heeswijk plans to study Business Science at UCT. He said he was ready to take on the next challenge to better his life.

Maritzburg College achieved a 99,55% pass rate and out of 225 pupils who wrote exams, 92,85% achieved a bachelor pass.

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