On her way to reach­ing goals

Saturday Star - - METRO - RUDZANI MATSHILI [email protected] SAMEER NAIK

MAN­AGE your time ef­fec­tively and work smart. This was the ad­vice from Laudium High School top achiever Fayzaan Ahmed, af­ter he bagged a full house of dis­tinc­tions yes­ter­day.

He spoke hap­pily about his tri­umph, adding that he had never doubted him­self, and had worked hard through­out the year.

“Twelve years of work. Now I’ve got my ma­tric cer­tifi­cate. I got dis­tinc­tions in all my sub­jects – seven – and it feels great.”

He is go­ing to study chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Pre­to­ria.

“One of the chal­lenges I found very dif­fi­cult was to man­age my time ef­fec­tively, and it is the num­ber one is­sue most learn­ers need to im­prove on.

“You’ve got seven sub­jects; some of them are very dif­fi­cult, so one needs to iden­tify the weaker ar­eas and strengths and work ac­cord­ingly,” he said.

Ahmed was not the only pupil to do the school proud.

Amo­ge­lang Mose­hane achieved four dis­tinc­tions and Fa­timah Sha­heen had one.

The pair agreed it was noth­ing but ded­i­ca­tion and hard work which got them to this point.

“I now be­lieve that hard work does re­ally pay. My ef­forts were not for WHEN Kamo­gelo Mo­lapisi se­cured a schol­ar­ship to St Stithi­ans Girls’ Col­lege, it meant she had to re­peat Grade 10.

She didn’t hes­i­tate.

She knew that by com­plet­ing ma­tric at one of Gaut­eng’s lead­ing pri­vate schools, she would be able to up­lift her im­pov­er­ished fam­ily.

“I didn’t even have to think twice,” Mo­lapisi said.

“I was al­most done with Grade 10 at my pre­vi­ous school, but I knew that an op­por­tu­nity like that only comes once in a life­time, so I was more than happy to re­peat the grade.”

Three years af­ter mak­ing the bold de­ci­sion to move from her fam­ily in Soweto and join St Stithi­ans, Mo­lapisi’s hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment have fi­nally paid off.

On Thurs­day, she woke up to the news that she achieved three dis­tinc­tions, for isizulu, drama, and life ori­en­ta­tion in her In­de­pen­dent Ex­am­i­na­tions Board (IEB) ma­tric ex­ams.

A to­tal of 98.92% of pupils passed the IEB na­tional se­nior cer­tifi­cate ex­ams, up from 98.76% last year.

Mo­lapisi can now go on to achieve noth­ing. One just needs to be ded­i­cated and give one’s all,” Mose­hane said.

The school’s prin­ci­pal, Daya Chetty, spoke proudly of the stu­dents.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the class of 2018 for the phe­nom­e­nal re­sults.

“Our learn­ers worked very hard and teach­ers put in a lot of ef­fort – ad­di­tional classes, hol­i­day classes, all that helped boost the re­sults,” Chetty said. her dream of be­com­ing a lawyer.

“Ever since I was a lit­tle girl, I’ve had the dream of help­ing my fam­ily fi­nan­cially,” she said.

“I come from an un­der­priv­i­leged back­ground, and my­self and my fam­ily have al­ways strug­gled. I made a vow that I would do ev­ery­thing I pos­si­bly could to help my fam­ily out one day, and this is the first step to­wards that, so I am over the moon.

“To get these re­sults I had to re­ally study hard, and at night. I had many sleep­less nights, but I’m thrilled that the hard work paid off,” she said.

She hopes to study for a Law (Bcom) de­gree at Wits.

“I think we should be get­ting let­ters from the uni­ver­sity in the next day or two, so I have an­other anx­ious wait ahead,” she said.

AMO­GE­LANG Mase­hane, Fa­timah Sha­heen and Fayzaan Ahmed. | JAC­QUES NAUDE African News Agency (ANA)

KAMO­GELO Mo­lapisi

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