iLembe's top achievers ready for tertiary study

2017-01-11 06:01
KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala and KZN MEC for Education Mthandeni Dlungwane with iLembe's top five achievers for the class of 2016. Photo: supplied

KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala and KZN MEC for Education Mthandeni Dlungwane with iLembe's top five achievers for the class of 2016. Photo: supplied

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THE iLembe District was the 2016 worst performing district in KZN only obtaining a 52.43% matric pass rate, placing it last out of all 12 KZN districts.

However, three of the district's top achievers obtained above 90% aggregates, with the second and third top achievers obtaining eight distinctions each.

The first and second of iLembe District's top achievers are Jenashlen Govender and Jivashen Reddy, who both matriculated at Stanger Manor Secondary.

The third top achiever, Joshua Mark Pillay, completed his Grade 12 at the Mandini Academy.

Jivashen said he did his best to achieve a 91% aggregate.

"I put God first in everything.

“I also went over past papers when I was preparing for the exams," he said.

His advice to this year's matriculants is that they should not listen to other people and strive to do the best they can do all the time.

Jivashen is going to study business science and actuarial science at the University of Cape Town this year. He said actuarial science involves working with statistics, mathematics and commercial subjects to analyse the risk factors in insurance.

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He said he chose this discipline because he has a passion for mathematics and business and believes that the country needs more businesses that would create job opportunities.

Reddy's word of advice to those who unfortunately did not pass their matric in 2016 is that they should not see their failure as the end of the world.

He said not everyone is good with academics which necessitates for a more technical and practical education.

"I would like to thank Bhakti Marga South Africa and Paramahamsa Swami Vishwananda for their guiding hand. It is only through their grace I did well," Reddy said.

Pillay attributes his success to consistent hard work, a mentality, he said, his parents instilled in him from the first day of his matric year.

His word of advice to this year's grade 12s is that perseverance and determination are the keys to success.

"You have to make sacrifices in order for you to obtain the marks that you wish to obtain," he said.

Pillay is going to study a Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics at Wits this year.

He said Astrophysics is the study of the physics of the universe.

"I have a massive passion for maths and physics, and I have always been fascinated by the universe that is why I chose Astrophysics," Pillay said.

His word of advice to those who regrettably did not make it in 2016: "Do not lose hope, do not give up easily, and always remember the idiom, every cloud has a silver lining, that is my motto, too."

He thanked his parents for the support they gave him and said with them and the grace of God he would have never achieved what he did.

Janeshlen Govender could not be reached at the time of going to print.

The ANC Youth League in the Greater KwaDukuza region has expressed its concern over the district's poor matric pass rate.

In a statement issued to the media, the league reiterated its call for the removal of iLembe's district director of the Department of Education Thembinkosi Vilakazi in light of the dismal matric pass rate.

"We have launched an offensive aimed at removing Vilakazi from office. In reaffirming this call, we will hold a mass march that will be joined by young people, parents, School Governing Bodies, the civil society, government officials and other progressive formations," reads the statement.

The march will be on today (Wednesday, 11 January 2017) and the meeting point is SADTU Park at 8 am.

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