Revise, revise, say 2012’s top matrics

2013-10-30 00:00

THERE is great value in revision work, and the province’s top matric achiever last year still lives by this conviction.

These days, Jyoti Maharaj (19) from Parlock in Newlands West, Durban, locks herself in her room to study for her BCom Accounting exams, due to start next week.

Maharaj was not only the province’s top matric pupil of 2012, but was also named as the top female pupil in mathematics and physical science.

This able student matriculated from New West Secondary School in Newlands West and scored 99% in physical science. Her lowest mark in all her eight subjects was 91% for maths paper 3.

Her good grades secured her a scholarship from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She turned down a lucrative offer from the University of Cape Town in order to stay close to family.

Maharaj pointed out that university is quite different and one needs to be able to work much more independantly than in school.

Maharaj’s advice to matriculants who are currently writing their exams is to do revision work.

Monday was the first day of the 2013 National Senior Certificate examination and over half a million pupils sat for their English paper.

Yesterday they wrote Zulu and accounting, and today they take on Afrikaans, agricultural science and nautical science.

Earlier this year, Maharaj laughed when she was called a genius or bookworm and simply said she was a hard worker.

She also drew up a study timetable at the beginning of the year. When asked how she is enjoying her studies, Maharaj said, “I’m enjoying the course, but it’s more difficult than I expected”.

But her proud mother Asha told a different tale, saying her daughter is doing extremely well at varsity.

“So far, so good. She’s getting good marks,” Asha said proudly.

A boy from rural Estcourt, Mbusiseni Kubeka, who had no access to a library or proper laboratory, but became KZN’s 2012 top science pupil, is now studying chemical engineering at UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus. He is sponsored by Nestlé.

Kubeka attained 100% in both science and maths.

His tip to the Grade 12s: “Do not panic”.

Kubeka said pupils must make sure they eat properly, get enough sleep, and always tackle the questions they know most about about first.

Kubeka said most people who fail do so not because of a lack of knowledge, but because they get into a panic.

The Department of Education said day two continued without any snags.

The only reported incident was a bomb scare at George Secondary School in the Western Cape, but the bomb disposal unit was called to the school to sweep the premises and the exam could continue.

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