STANGER Weekly chatted to three of iLembe District’s top five matric achievers for the Class of 2015 about the past year, the future and offer advice to those currently in Grade 12.
These pupils attended Stanger Manor Secondary School and will begin their medical studies this year.
The district’s top achiever with eight distinctions, Jisheel Kanaye, said he never expected to obtain the results he did.
He attributes his success to consistent hard work throughout the year.
As a word of advice to those who began their final year of grade schooling today, 13 January, Jisheel said: “Don’t aim to be the best, rather aim to do your best.”
He said matriculants should strive to improve their marks and use all the available resources such as the internet, to fulfill this goal.
“Do not restrict yourself with resources, use technology for study purposes. I used YouTube and educational websites to learn, especially for life sciences,” said Jisheel.
He said his peers have the opportunity to use technology to their advantage, but they don’t capitalising on this fully.
He urged matriculants to stick to a study method that works for them and ensure that they do not stress, and rather take time to relax.
Nokubonga Joy Mkhwanazi, who obtained seven distinctions, said she hit the ground running from the first day of her matric year.
She said even when her marks took a slight dip during the course of the year she did not give up, but worked harder to improve her results.
“It is important that you start working hard from the first day,” she advised.
“It is also important that you find a balance between your school work and your social life,” she added, echoing Jisheel’s sentiments.
Adnaan Kazi, who also obtained seven distinctions, attributed his accomplishment to prayer and hard work.
He said it is important that pupils have a study timetable and work hard consistently throughout the year.
Jisheel will study medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and hopes to specialise in oncology one day and Nokubonga will complete her medical studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and hopes to become a neurosurgeon.
Adnaan will also be doing medicine at UCT but said he has not quite figured out what he would like to specialise in.