Against all odds, matric pupil conquers

2018-01-19 06:00
Sive Sigenu.PHOTO: supplied

Sive Sigenu.PHOTO: supplied

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SLEEPLESS nights and hard work made Sive Sigenu (19), overcome his challenges in Grade 12 at Franklin Senior Secondary, a farm school outside Kokstad as he produced good results.

In mathematics he got 73%, life science 89%, Xhosa 89%, life orientation 87%, computer application technology 59%, physical science 79% and English 71%.

“To get these results I studied hard at night. I attended weekend classes, holiday classes and group classes,” said Sive, who wants to become a doctor to help his farming community by offering health services.

In April 2016, Fever published a story about pupils who were taught under difficult conditions because of a shortage of classrooms, some of which have broken windows.

When Fever reporter visited the school the pupils were all cramped in one classroom.

“Because of the shortage of classrooms, physical science pupils had to move to other classrooms, but that did not stop me from passing matric.

“For research, I used my cellphone because there is no library near the school and our computers have no internet connection.”

He has applied to study medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Because of his hard work and dedication the Greater Kokstad Municipality mayor Bheki Mtolo gave Sive a laptop in June last year.

Sive thanked his former teachers, classmates and parents who supported him and promised not to disappoint them by smoking dagga or drinking alcohol like so many other youths.

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