Several of Nkomazi’s 2017 matrics excel

Komatipoort Akademie's Thobeka Mdaka, Cynthia Pelusa, top achiever of the Class of 2017 Charissa Stander and Glen Khoza.

MALALANE – The matric class of 2017 nervously and excitedly made their way to their respective schools on Friday to find out whether they had passed and how well they had done in their final exams.

Khanyisile Shongwe of Beacon College in Malalane counted among the region’s top matrics with six distinctions. The school’s top performer said she plans on studying biochemistry but still has to decide whether it will be at the University of Pretoria or Cape Town.

Beacon College’s top matrics Khanyisile Shongwe and Sakir Bapu.

She said the extra lessons the school provided contributed to her success, but she did not expect to do this well.

Her fellow top achiever, Sakir Bapu, received four distinctions and hopes to follow a career in civil or aeronautical engineering. He also still has to choose the university he would like to attend, either Wits or the University of Pretoria.

READ: Beacon College celebrates primary school pupils’ successes

Bapu said listening to teachers helped him learn the essentials and he also assisted his fellow pupils to learn and understand the material, which acted as great revision.

“Like Khanyi, I didn’t think I’d do this well, but the trial exams helped. They were harder and let us prepare on a higher level for the final exam. It’s also essential to be cool and not to stress during exam time,” he explained.

Beacon College staff were very proud of the matrics’ achievements, as they had a 92,1 per cent pass rate and over 30 bachelor passes.

Beacon College stated that some of their strategies for this achievement included extra classes in the early mornings, afternoons, over weekends and during the holidays.

The school directors thanked the teachers for their dedication and parents for their cooperation. They are striving for a 100 per cent pass rate for the class of 2018.

At Komatipoort Akademie, there was also a great deal of excitement as the school achieved a 94 per cent pass rate. A total of 31 out of 33 matrics passed, all with exemption.

Headmaster Ormond Lombaard was delighted about the achievement, which netted them first position in the Nkomazi circuit, the same as last year.

The school’s two top pupils were Charissa Stander and Izel Potgieter, who both received three distinctions.
Charissa has already left for Potchefstroom and will be studying BCom forensic accounting at the North-West University.

Several of the Komatipoort matriculants have already started working, while others are preparing to study at tertiary institutions across the country.

Sonja van der Westhuizen is taking a gap year and heading to America, with Cheline van den Heever also bound for the United States to au pair. After a gap year, Maryke Groenewald hopes to qualify as a hairdresser.
Zhané Norval will study hotel management in Mbombela and Braam van Dyk plans to qualify as a sound engineer. Glen Khoza wants to study law, Cynthia Pilusa is on her way to the University of Johannesburg to study BCom, Ulrich Steynberg will do a BCur nursing degree and Emil Dorey will enrol for an engineering course.

Several schools in Nkomazi achieved excellent pass rates:
• Gebhuza Secondary achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, up from 72,1
• Mbambiso Secondary had a 98 per cent pass rate, an improvement from last year’s 79,2
• Dlamadoda Secondary had 96,6 per cent, up from 88,6
• Tikhuni Secondary improved marginally with a pass rate of 92,6
• Ndindane Combined achieved a pass rate of 92,3
• Driekoppies Combined improved with a 91,9 pass rate, up from 88,1.

The joy of great results was marred for friends and family of a Schoemansdal pupil who committed suicide because of disappointing results.

Police were notified after 19-year-old Simphiwe Ciryl was found around 08:00 on Friday morning. Investigations revealed that he apparently hung himself with an electric cord after he found out via SMS that he had failed matric.

READ: SA’s high teen suicide rate

Authorities have urged learners who failed matric not to do anything drastic, but to consider getting their papers remarked or rechecked, enrolling in the second-chance programme to rewrite two subjects or to go back to school and repeat the year.

Visit to apply for the second-chance programme. Applications for remarking or rechecking exam papers close on January 19 and can be made via the aforementioned website, your school or Department of Education district office.

Retha Nel and Chrissie du Preez

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