“Matriculants should stay off social media and focus on their school work to enjoy a successful final school year,” said Nkosinathi Nkabinde from Unity Secondary School, a free township school.
He just bagged himself eight distinctions for Mathematics, English (FAL), IsiZulu, Life Sciences, Business Studies, Physical Science, Religion Studies and Life Orientation.
“My message to the matriculants of 2018 is to start working hard as early as possible and use their time effectively. They should reduce the amount of time they socialise and stay away from social media,” Nkosinathi said.
He said What really makes this 17-year-old special is the fact that he would conduct extra classes for his peers.
“If for some reason one of our teachers was not at school or in class, I would get up and ask the class if there was something they did not understand so that I could help them. I even had a memory stick with previous question papers and I shared it with my fellow students.
“I realised that it does not make me happy when other children struggle with their school work, and at the same time they are praising me for doing so well. After all, we are all meant to be great people in this world,” Nkosinathi said.
School principal Wandile James Makhubu said Nkosinathi was very helpful in conducting extra classes for his peers at school.
“Two of his friends also obtained five distinctions each and nine others got four distinctions each. What we have counted thus far is that we have 81 distinctions from the 206 pupils who obtained university exemption passes,” Makhubu said proudly.
Nkosinathi said he was hoping to study engineering at Wits University but is still waiting to find out if he has been accepted. He wants to make a difference to the country and make life easier for South Africans by developing things like cheaper fuel.
Makhubu said 270 students sat for the exams and they had a 96.3% pass rate.
“I am very proud of them and the team of dedicated teachers who worked to make sure their children passed well enough to get bursaries to go to university. Our quality of education is very good for a township school and we are proud,” Makhubu said.