Joy as teen scoops six As

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BIANCA CAPAZORIO

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.

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