- Amogelang Molopyane from Forte High School says the pandemic forced her to adapt her study methods.
- She plans to study BCom Law or accounting science at the University of Pretoria.
- She achieved seven distinctions.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit while Amogelang Molopyane was in Grade 11, she had to adapt her studying methods to cope.
Like most South African pupils, Molopyane was affected by the closure of schools when the country went into a Level 5 lockdown in March 2020 to curb the spread of the virus.
She said Forte Secondary School in Soweto did not offer online learning during the hard lockdown, which made schooling more challenging for her. She then had to study on her own.
"We didn't do our Grade 11 well because of Covid. In Grade 12, we had to catch up on a lot of schoolwork that we missed out on. Grade 12 was easier than Grade 11 because we didn't have online classes during the hard lockdown. Covid affected my studying," she said.
Despite this, she managed to get seven distinctions in Setswana, English, Life Orientation, Accounting, Business Studies, Economics and History.
"The pressure was too much but I somehow managed to cope with it," she beamed.
Despite the pressure, Molopyane said her teachers were very supportive. When pupils suggested night classes to catch up on the syllabus, they agreed, Molopyane said.
"The teachers were always helping us and keeping us motivated. We attended a lot [of extra classes]. They always reassured us that if we studied hard, we could achieve. When we said we wanted to do cross night classes, they said yes. We would go to school and be taught through the night and go home in the morning. That helped us a lot."
This year, Molopyane said he hoped to enrol for a BCom Law or accounting science degree at the University of Pretoria.
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