Lab named after top learner

2019-01-17 06:00
Eric Titipana, principal of Khanyolwethu Secondary School, addresses learners at a special ceremony in the school hall on Friday 11 January.

Eric Titipana, principal of Khanyolwethu Secondary School, addresses learners at a special ceremony in the school hall on Friday 11 January.

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A science and mathematics laboratory at Khayolwethu Secondary School has been named after the school’s top matric achiever for 2018.

Eighteen-year-old Simphiwe Ngewu amassed an impressive seven distinctions in last year’s National Senior Certificate exams, including achievements of 90% and more in five subjects. He achieved 90% in physical science, 92% in accounting, 96% in mathematics, 98% in life orientation, 90% in life science, 84% for isiXhosa and 81% in English.

The school held a special ceremony on Friday 11 January to rename its dinaledi (maths) and science laboratory after Ngewu. Eric Titipana, the school principal, said it was their way of honouring Ngewu for his remarkable achievements.

“This is a first time a learner of this school achieves a 90% in physical science; while some have achieved distinctions by getting 80% in the past, he showed great consistence in all his subjects. This is an experience we have never had as a school,” said Titipana.

Ngewu was “ecstatic and excited” about the honour bestowed on him by the school. “We want this to be a motivating factor to other learners as well. Anything is possible as Ngewu, who comes from the same conditions and environment as they, has shown with his results. Others can also follow suit and do well,” Titipana said.

A proud Ngewu was honoured that the school bestowed such a great feat upon him.

“I am over the moon and excited; every result I achieved in the exams was as a result of my hard work,” he said.

He described the renaming of the school’s laboratory after him as “monumental and beautiful”. “It is not only my name that is written there, but my legacy will live forever at the school,” Ngewu said.

He shared the following message of encouragement with the school’s current matrics: “Everyone has the ability to improve their situation and you should never be afraid to take risks. You have to make sacrifices in order to achieve your goals. You have to be academically disciplined and respect one another.”

Ngewu further urged this year’s crop of Grade 12s to unite and work as a team.

Ngewu, who dreams of one day becoming a chartered accountant, has been accepted to study BCom Financial Accounting at the University of Cape Town.

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