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Matriculants who for three years risked their lives by using branches and ropes to cross a flooded river to reach school yesterday celebrated their hard-won matric passes.
Sowetan visited ZK Matthews High School in Balasi, near Bhisho in the Eastern Cape, at the start of the matric examinations in October last year and learnt that pupils had had to risk their lives to attend school.
But a jubilant member of the school governing body, Jackson Dike, yesterday thanked Sowetan for exposing the school's plight because the road and the bridge had been fixed.
Dike said 69 of the just more than 100 students who wrote the exams had passed. He attributed this success to the school principal and teachers.
"We thank God that under such bad circumstances our children have done so well," he said.
One of the students, Siyanda Mjiza, 19, echoed Dike's praises.
"Our teachers are dedicated. They never gave up despite the terrible conditions that they had to teach in and the difficulties we experienced in getting to school.
"Our teachers motivated us. We risked our lives to get to school because they taught us the love of learning and we realised education was the key to our future," said the commercial studies pupil.
Lamla Mathibe, 18, said he could not contain his excitement after seeing his name in the newspaper.
Mathibe said he had not yet decided what he would do to further his studies.
Mjiza said he was eager to see his results statement and decide on his way forward.