Joy as teen scoops six As
A CAPE Flats matriculant from one of Cape Town’s most economically depressed areas has scored six distinctions in matric and is set for a university career in physics.
Aboo-Bakr Benjamin, 17, of Spine Road High School surprised even himself with his results.
He got six distinctions, including 95 percent for life sciences (formerly biology) and 92 percent for maths. His other A symbols were for English, physical science, geography and life orientation. He got 75 percent for Afrikaans, his first language.
“I was very excited and overwhelmed when I got my marks. I did far better than I expected,” a beaming Aboo-Bakr said at his home in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain, yesterday.
His dad, factory worker Redewaan Benjamin, and his mom, Shahieda Benjamin, were also very happy and had been supportive of him. “They told me they just wanted me to pass and be able to go to university,” Aboo-Bakr said.
Next week he will be packing his bags to move into residence at the University of Stellenbosch where he will study towards a Bachelor of Science in physics. He is the recipient of the Yvonne Parfitt bursary, as well as another bursary from the university.
Aboo-Bakr’s principal at Spine Road High School, Riyaad Najaar, was thrilled with his pupil’s results.
“He did exceptionally well, especially seeing as he is Afrikaans-speaking and wrote a lot of his subjects in English.”
Spine Road High has been one of the area’s top performing schools, with an average pass rate of 97 percent over the past 10 years.
This year’s matric pass rate at the school was 96.6 percent.
CLASS ACT: Matric hero Aboo-Bakr Benjamin raises a laugh from his sister Freeza, 2, while brothers, Nazier, 6, and Mujaahied, 10, look on.