Shining with success — Disadvantaged Mpophomeni school gets 100% pass rate

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Top achiever … Senamile Ndlovu
Top achiever … Senamile Ndlovu

Disadvantaged Mconjwana High school in Mpophomeni has done it again and excelled in their matric results despite the school not having enough resources.

The school obtained a 100% pass rate and had two top achievers who obtained seven distinctions each in their matric results. Thandeka Ndlela and Senamile Ndlovu both obtained As in IsiZulu, English, Accounting, Economics, Business Studies, Life Orientation and Tourism.

The school is known for being under-resourced and having disgraceful toilet facilities and sometimes even water and electricity problems.

However, that did not stand in the way of the class of 2020 in producing amazing results.

They told The Witness on Tuesday that their success is the result of working hard and being dedicated.

“It was not an easy year, especially for our school which is so disadvantaged, but I promised myself that I will make the school very proud and put it on the map.”
Thandeka Ndlela, matriculant with seven distinctions

Thandeka from Howick West said she has always told herself that it does not matter where you come from as long as you know where you are going and what you want.

The two said they made a promise to themselves that they would not let the state of their school stand in their way of obtaining good results and making their school and teachers proud.

“I worked very hard and had sleepless nights studying. I knew that my hard work would pay off when the results come out.

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“It was not an easy year, especially for our school which is so disadvantaged, but I promised myself that I will make the school very proud and put it on the map.

“I did this not only for me but for my school as well because I want it to be recognised. It may not be the most beautiful school with resources but with the results that it produces every year, I feel as if it does not get enough recognition.

“We wish that our school can be attended to and fixed and be like other schools,” said an excited Thandeka.

“We had extra classes even on Sundays and at night because they wanted us to do well. They even told us that we must not mind the school walls because it is not the school that is going to pass but it is us."
Senamile Ndlovu, matriculant with seven distinctions

Senamile, who is originally from Mafakatini, said she had to move and rent a place at Mpophomeni so she could be closer to her school and able to attend extra classes being offered by the school.

“I am so excited about my results but I must commend our teachers for their dedication.

“We had extra classes even on Sundays and at night because they wanted us to do well. They even told us that we must not mind the school walls because it is not the school that is going to pass but it is us.

“Our school always does magic every year when it comes to matric results and we wanted to make sure that we do the same even this year, to keep our school shining,” she said.

“We had problems in the school like not having electricity sometimes but we did not let that stand in our way.”
School principal Thembile Ngwane

Both pupils said they want to study to become chartered accountants.

School principal Thembile Ngwane said teamwork and putting extra effort in is what made them succeed with flying colours yet again.

“We worked together as teachers, pupils, parents and school governing body. We all had the same goal of wanting to see our pupils pass with flying colours.

“We had problems in the school like not having electricity sometimes but we did not let that stand in our way.

“The pupils and teachers would carry candles to school for late classes and the work would continue,” she said.

 Thandeka Ndlela
Top achiever … Thandeka Ndlela.



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