Determined Attiya beats the odds in KZN's worst performing district

2016-01-06 15:50
Attiya Ameen. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Attiya Ameen. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - Attiya Ameen - a beaming matriculant who notched up eight distinctions – is the epitome of success.

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Ameen bagged the award for the top performing pupil in the Umzinyathi District, the area in rural KwaZulu-Natal that performed the worst.

The district, a largely rural area of the province around Dundee, had a pass rate of only 46.57%, dove-tailing with the 9% plunge experienced by KwaZulu-Natal as a whole.

Ameen however swam against the current and now intends to pursue a career in medicine.

In a blazer adorned with more badges and scrolls than one could count, she told News24 that all the pressures of her matric year had become telling.

"It was extremely stressful and it was the hardest year of my life. Especially for me being an academic, people expect you to excel from the start and they make their expectations known," she said.

"I just focused on my work and made sure I did everything I could."

"My advice to any person out there who is going to be going into matric is to be focused from the start. Set a goal and then work towards that, because it is very easy to become distracted by things like the TV, or the cellphone or the boyfriend," Ameen added.

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