Top achiever swapped provinces in search of better education

2016-01-06 18:03
Pheziwe Mkhalane. (Naledi Shange, News24)

Pheziwe Mkhalane. (Naledi Shange, News24)

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Johannesburg - Pheziwe Mkhalane moved from the Eastern Cape to Johannesburg in 2013 in the hope of getting a better education.

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All her efforts paid off when she was named the top performing learner in a township school in 2015.

Mkhalane, who is petite in stature, received eight distinctions.

"I don't want to talk badly about my home province, but the level isn't the same as here," she said.

The Eastern Cape was the worst performing province for 2015, while Gauteng was second after being narrowly beaten by the Western Cape.

Speaking to News24 at an event hosted to honour the province's top matric performers, Mkhalane said when she moved to the province, she first stayed with her aunt. But shortly before her exams, she moved in with one of her teachers from the Unity Secondary School.

"My English teacher suggested that I come and live with her from August. It gave me a chance to get good results because at home (her aunt's house), there were kids who would sometimes be noisy," said Mkhalane.

Her teacher had a son who was also in matric and who did the same subjects as her, so she had a study partner.

Mkhalane said her biggest fear was to complete school, but not have funds to study further.

But now, she has several options to choose from after being awarded a bursary by the education department.

Her principal, Wandile Makhubu, also told News24 that he had been contacted by the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants with an offer to foot the bill for Mkhalane's studies.

Mkhalane's eyes widened with excitement as she read the sms from a SAICA representative on Makhubu's phone.

The emotional youngster said she could not believe it.

"I didn't think I would do this well," she said.

Mkhalane said she received further good news on Wednesday morning when her phone beeped with a sms from the University of Witwatersrand, telling her she had been accepted.

She planned to study towards a BCom in Accounting Science.

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