Awards for top matric achievers

2018-01-18 06:01


KZN matric pupils upped their performance by 6.5% increasing the pass rate to 72.9% from last year. This is according to the KZN MEC for Education Mthandeni Dlungwane at the official release of matric results at the National Senior Certificate awards ceremony at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on January 5.

Matric pupils who excelled in their subjects and obtained high results in their examination were awarded at the event. Zakkiyya Hoosen of Verulam Secondary was placed eighth in the province and second in the Pinetown district.

Zakkiyya achieved seven distinctions with an aggregate of 95%. She thanked her teachers, parents, family and friends for their support and prayers.
She said in order to do well one needs to be well rested, calm and focused. Zakkiyya will be studying medicine at


University .
According to a report from Verulam Secondary, the school achieved a 96.92 % pass rate with a Bachelor’s pass of 58.46% and a Diploma pass of 34.36. Principal Siva Govender said the Class of 2017 recorded 235 subject distinctions.

Mountview Secondary achieved 92% pass rate in 2017. The top matric pupil was Sisanda Cele who achieved an aggregate of 89,5%.
Other top achievers were Valwynn Naidoo, Nikhil Singh, Thembeka Biyela, Tanvi Govender, Sanghavi Sarugaser, Elemme Wilfred, Shabalala Wandile, Zuziwe Sibiya, Mikayla Naidoo, Prenolan Pillay, Saiurin Naidoo and Earl Chetty.

Seatides Combined recorded a 100% pass rate. Two pupils, Suvitha Lalli and Nerantha Shreya Govender, had full house seven distinctions. There were also nine pupils who achieved A’s in their examination.

There was a total 102 distinctions with 76.25% Bachelor’s pass.

Pupils from Protec Tongaat broke a new record achieving 100% Bachelor’s pass. In the Class of 2017, 36 pupils obtained a total of 72 subject distinctions with nine distinctions in maths, four in physical science and eight in English.

The top pupil, Nosipho Ndlovu, achieved six distinctions for maths, physical science, life science, Zulu, English and life orientation.

Other star pupil were Nondumiso Biyela, Kwasa Makhanya, Nosihle Ntshangase and Ntenhle Zulu.

All obtained five distinctions. Makhanya was the top physical science pupil in the Ilembe District and was recognised for this remarkable achievement at the awards ceremony.

The top maths pupils Siyabonga Dube and Mzokuthula Zulu achieved 93% and 90% respectively.

Protec Tongaat manager Marion Takis said: “We are extremely proud of our pupils who worked consistently hard throughout the year, and the most important thing about these results is that they enable our pupils to pursue meaningful careers.

“As a non-profit organisation Protec is dependent on donations so we are extremely grateful to our financial partners for enabling us to make such a difference to these young peoples.”

President Jacob Zuma congratulated the matriculants who did well.
In a media statement sent to the Weekly, the office of the president said Zuma was impressed with this year’s matric results.

“We welcome the fact that the pass rate has consistently improved since the democratic dispensation, especially since the reconfiguration of education into two separate departments, namely Basic Education on one hand, and Higher Education and Training on the other hand.
“This reaffirms government’s focus on education as an apex priority and the greatest enabler of society as well as a key aspect of our programme of radical socioeconomic transformation,” Zuma said.

He encouraged those who did not achieve a university pass and those who failed never to lose hope, adding that there was a wide choice of other opportunities.

“We encourage those who did not pass that there are still plenty opportunities to be explored to fulfill their dreams. We wish to remind our matriculants of the many opportunities provided by Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges and other vocational training centres across the country.
“Pupils still have an extra opportunity to better their results in their second attempt during supplementary examinations to take place at many matric rewrite centres. They should use this setback as an opportunity to reflect and improve.”


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