Matric Results: 'We are proud of our kids' - mother of one of the top achievers from Stellenbosch

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  • The mother of one of the top matriculants in the country is ecstatic about her child’s achievement.
  • Charla Kriel said her daughter had made her family and school very proud.
  • She applauded parents and teachers who helped matriculants throughout a challenging year.

A proud mother whose daughter is among the top matriculants in the country, has described the past school year as very challenging.

"Last year was a tough year for all parents," Charla Kriel said while accompanying her daughter, Anna Christina, to the class of 2021 top achievers breakfast event hosted by Basic Education Minster Angie Motshekga in Houghton, Johannesburg.

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Kriel said: 

The year 2021 was a rollercoaster ride. As we thought things were returning to normal, they suddenly stopped. I had to build my child's psyche again as a parent, hoping things would get better. To all matriculants, it was a hard ride.

"Teachers also played a tremendous role teaching our children through those difficult times.

"I am very proud of my daughter and all the other top achievers. It was fabulous seeing a group of pupils from various parts of the country who had made it to the top. They have made their parents proud. We are happy with their achievements," Kriel said.

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Anna completed her Grade 12 at Rhenish Girls’ High School in Stellenbosch.

"I was surprised and didn’t think I would make it to the top pupils in the country. I am excited to have reached this stage," she said.

"2021 was the difficult year, filled with disappointments. We could not play sport and interact more with other pupils. We were forced to adjust to the new normal and focus on schools. I found it easier to focus on my books during the pandemic."

Anna is going to study Industrial Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch.

She advised 2022 matriculants to balance sport, books, exercise and time spent with friends.

Ruan Buhr was confident that he would achieve a minimum of seven distinctions.

He did nine subjects at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch.

"I think I have scored seven distinctions. I don’t think I did well in languages. My favourite subjects are Mathematics, Information Technology and Physical Science. It would come as a surprise should it happen that I have achieved nine distinctions.

"Doing nine subjects is not a joke. It needs attention and dedication. I have always been a hard worker from an early age. I remember wanting to quit my extra subjects. I thought about that idea and concluded that I am not a quitter and will continue doing them until the end," said Buhr.

Angie Motshekga flanked by the top matriculants
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga flanked by the country's top matriculants.
News24 PHOTO: Ntwaagae Seleka/News24

He urged the class of 2022 to work hard and focus on their books.

"They must work hard from the beginning. Grade 12 is a challenging class. If one pushes hard, results will show.

"I think the hard lockdown was an inconvenience. I used that to my advantage as I spent too much time focusing on difficult subjects."

Buhr is headed to Stellenbosch University to study Data Science.

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