Elandskop matric pupil gets seven As

2016-01-07 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Langsyde High School pupil Nomusa Shelembe scored seven As in her matric exams. With her is her mother, Sibongile.

PHOTO: supplied Langsyde High School pupil Nomusa Shelembe scored seven As in her matric exams. With her is her mother, Sibongile.

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LANGSYDE High School matric top achiever, Nomusa Shelembe (17), is the pride and joy of her family and school, having scored seven As in her matric exams.

Raised by an unemployed single mother, Sibongile, with six siblings, Nomusa attributes her success to her older sister who, despite being the only bread winner at home, ensured that they were provided with basic necessities.

“My sister’s hard work and endurance during difficult times is what motivated me to study harder so that I would one day help her with the responsibility of raising our younger siblings.

“I’m also grateful to my mother who, despite having nothing, managed to raise us and taught us the importance of education,” she said.

While she expected only three distinctions in life sciences, Zulu and English, Nomusa said the results came as a surprise as the examinations were not easy.

Despite coming from an under-resourced school, Nomusa made sure she studied hard with the assistance of dedicated teachers and also attended at Protec during weekends for extra mathematics and physical science lessons.

With these distinctions to her name, she wants study for a degree in pharmacy provided she gets one of the bursaries she has applied for, or is approved for funding by National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

“It is important for pupils to be serious from the beginning of the year. Study hard and get assistance from teachers or find mentors who will assist you. Don’t wait until too late.

“Pupils from underprivileged schools should also rid themselves of the mentality that they cannot excel as children from former Model C schools.

“Your background and the background of your school does not determine how well one will succeed, only determination does,” said Nomusa as motivation to pupils.

Sibongile said she cannot express how happy she is when thinking about the difficulties she has been through in raising them.

“I am more than grateful to God and to her sister who has assisted us with many things. I hope that she seizes all opportunities given to her,”


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