Vuwani shines despite the odds
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.