KATLEHO SEHLOHO said a lot of hard work went into bagging his six distinctions.
The former learner of the Moroka Senior Secondary School in Thaba Nchu was among the 2015 ten top performers in the Free State.
He received distinctions in Life Sciences (99), Mathematics (95), Physical Sciences (94), Geography (92), Setswana Home Language (85) and English First Additional Language (81) Z and he is hoping to be a medical doctor one day.
“I feel proud of myself for what I have achieved. I think I have outdone myself as I didn’t expect to do so well in my matric exams. I am really happy,” said Katleho.
He told Express he was looking forward to start his university life this year. He will be studying medicine either at the University of the Free State (UFS) or at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Both institutions have accepted him.
“I seriously don’t know which university to choose. These are two very good universities, but I guess the best bet would be Kovsies because it is closer to home,” said Sehloho.
Meanwhile, Nthatisi Maponopono said 2015 was a challenging year for her as both her parents were unemployed.
The former learner from Bartimea School For The Deaf and Blind in Thaba Nchu performed well in Business Studies (78), Life Orientation (77), Sesotho Home Language (76) and Mathematics Literacy (70).
She did not receive any distinctions though, but she made it to the top 100.
“The fact that I’m one of the top achievers in the province makes me very happy.
“My results have surprised me because I have been experiencing a lot of challenges at home throughout the year,” she said.
“I never thought I would pass but God made it possible for me.
“My sister was sick and my parents were struggling financially. Life was tough in the family but we got through it,” she explained.
Nthatisi will be doing a degree in Law at the UFS.