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Matric failure goes back to school and passes

She was 20 years old when she returned to do grade 11 at Groutville High School and she said it was a difficult year for her because she was ashamed to be in a class with much younger people.

Going to back to school after three years of job hunting turned out to be a great decision for 23-year-old Naledy Gumede, who passed her matric with a bachelor pass last week.

Gumede failed her matric in 2014 when she was 17 and instead of going back to school, decided to look for work.

But without a matric certificate she could not find a decent job.

“I realised that I am still young and this thing of being afraid of what will people say, was not going to help me achieve my dream of being a nurse. I had to stop feeling sorry for myself and go back to school,” said Gumede.

She was 20 years old when she returned to do grade 11 at Groutville High School and she said it was a difficult year for her because she was ashamed to be in a class with much younger people.

But her teachers supported her and she pressed through her fear.

“When I got into matric all the fear was gone. I was enjoying my second chance and I am glad that I went back to school because now I can study further and ensure that I get the job that I want. But credit must go to the Groutville High School teachers, they were the best.”

Her younger sister, who had also failed matric, pushed her to returned to school with her. She also passed her matric.

Gumede urged matrics who had failed to go back to school and study hard.

“But first figure out what led you to fail. I realised that I failed not because I was not bright, but because I was not putting enough effort into my school work.

“I also had to cut out some of my friends. Not that they were a bad influence, but I realised that studying as a group did not work for me. Work out your study plan and you should be fine.”

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