Vuwani shines de­spite the odds

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - CH­ESTER MAKANA

MA­TRIC pupils from Vuwani and neigh­bour­ing Lim­popo vil­lages whose aca­demic cal­en­dar was dis­rupted by three months of mu­nic­i­pal bound­ary dis­putes are count­ing the cost af­ter the 2016 re­sults were re­leased.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, many of them rushed to their schools or made phone calls to rel­a­tives who have ac­cess to news­pa­pers.

They wanted to know if their names were among those who suc­cess­fully passed their Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate ex­ams.

A to­tal of 101807 pupils wrote ma­tric last year and 62.5 per­cent passed, with 63595 achiev­ing the Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate qual­i­fi­ca­tion, 18 762 bach­e­lor de­gree passes and 23 544 diplo­mas.

Mpho Ram­bau, from Vhudzani Sec­ondary, a school at Mashau vil­lage near Louis Trichardt, was in a panic over whether she had passed.

The 19-year old said she was in a dilemma. She wished she could push the day for­ward, but at the same time she wanted to know if she had passed.

“I did not want to see this day be­cause I thought I failed, I had to ac­cept any­thing, but thank­fully I passed.”

Mpho’s school is one of the 25 that were burnt down.

Her school had 86 can­di­dates for ma­tric, and only 20 passed.

Mpho is one of the four who ac­quired bach­e­lor de­gree pass sta­tus, the high­est sta­tus passed in the school.

“I could not be­lieve that I had passed, my hope was fad­ing ev­ery day. I stud­ied very hard with­out enough sleep and it was very dif­fi­cult,” she said.

“I am happy now, I am go­ing to study for an LLB at the Uni­ver­sity of Venda.”

De­spite the dis­cord of last year, Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Ish­mael Kget­jepe and his head of depart­ment Beauty Muthei­wana be­lieved schools in Vuwani per­formed be­yond ex­pec­ta­tions.

Kget­jepe and his of­fi­cials took Vuwani pupils to study camps in Au­gust af­ter the three-month shut­down.

Mpho said the re­cov­ery plan helped her to re­gain hope and con­fi­dence that she could make it, es­pe­cially if she worked hard.

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