Hard work pays off for top achieving matrics

2018-01-17 06:00
PHOTO: sUPPLIEDThe Mbambangalo High matric Class of 2017 pupils (from left) Philasande Nxumalo, Whitney Madziwadondo and Khethukuthula Ndlovu.

PHOTO: sUPPLIEDThe Mbambangalo High matric Class of 2017 pupils (from left) Philasande Nxumalo, Whitney Madziwadondo and Khethukuthula Ndlovu.

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SOME of the top achievers of the matric Class of 2017 from Mbambangalo High School in Maqongo attribute their success to concentration, revision and their teachers’ passion and dedication.

Whitney Madziwadondo (19), and Khethukuthula Ndlovu (17), who got six and five distinctions each respectively, said studying every day and using past exam papers for revision is what in part contributed to them passing with flying colours.

“Also, when you are not sure about what the teacher is teaching ask for clarity, or when the teacher rushes through a learning outcome, again, ask for clarity,” Whitney said.

Whitney, whose preferred study is medicine, but due to her family’s financial standing and her foreign nationality status reducing her chances of securing financial aid, said she will register for a Bachelor of Sciences in Agriculture.

Khethukuthula advised current and future matriculants to help other pupils through their learning challenges.

“The more you help others, the better you understand the subject you are helping them with,” he said.

The pair said they could not believe they had attained the final marks they did and were surprised and excited.

Whitney received distinctions in agriculture, life sciences, Zulu - home language, English - first additional language, life orientation and physical sciences.

Khethukuthula got distinctions in Zulu - home language, English - first additional language, life orientation, business studies and economics.

He said he has not decided on which course to study - a Bachelor of Law or BCom (Accounting).

“Whitney has been my inspiration since Grade 8. She would encourage and help me to focus when it comes to my studies. I am grateful to her and my mother, grandmother, teachers, the district Department of Education for the support and to all my fellow Class of 2017 matriculants who attended study camps with me,” Khethukuthula said.

Mbambangalo High principal Khehla Dube described the matric Class of 2017 as hard workers whose efforts yielded positive results.

“Whitney was a head girl, a good leader and best performer in class, she deserves the results she obtained, though her target was to get seven distinctions, however, we are very happy with her results,” Dube said.

The school’s overall pass rate is 73% with more than half of the matric Class of 2017 passing with a Bachelor’s pass.

“I really appreciate the work done by our teachers and pupils and we are hoping to get better marks this year,” Dube said.

Another top achiever is Philasande Nxumalo (17), who obtained two distinctions.

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