Crawford keeps matric tradition

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi, Ntwaagae Seleka and Namhla Tshisela

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi, Ntwaagae Seleka and Namhla Tshisela

Crawford Colleges have done it again. True to their history of excellence, the schools achieved a 100 percent matric pass.

More than 1000 candidates sat for the final exams, each obtaining an average 2,2 distinctions.

Sello Lekalakala, 18, obtained seven distinctions with a 100 percent mark in maths.

Lekalakala said: "I studied very hard this year and I knew I would do well. I spent most of my spare time studying to achieve my dreams."

He will study actuarial science at the University of Witwatersrand next year.

Tinashe Dube, 17, of Groenkloof, Pretoria, exceeded her own expectations by achieving seven distinctions.

"I was expecting six distinctions. I was under a lot of pressure to excel," she said.

She advised future grade 12 pupils to be prepared to make sacrifices and dedicate themselves on "the first day of the school year".

"Pay attention in class so that by the time you study for exams the concepts are already in your mind," she said.

Maureen Siwela was full of praise for her daughter Gillian yesterday after she obtained six distinctions.

"She is a determined young woman. I expected nothing but positive results," Siwela said.

Sowetan could not speak to Gillian because she is in Madrid, Spain, visiting a friend.

"We had an exchange pupil living with us for two months and she invited her to Spain," said the proud mother.

She said her daughter had always dreamt of becoming a doctor.

"She wants to be a heart surgeon and she has already been provisionally accepted at the University of Cape Town," said Siwela.

Onkutlwile Motlogelwa, 17, also prepared hard to obtain her six distinctions.

"I focused on my studies and had expected to pass with flying colours. I was not under any pressure to pass but it was my vision to go through matric," Motlogelwa said.

She wants to study mining engineering at Wits University.

"After graduating I want to go and work in my country, Botswana. I feel that I owe something to my country."

Kelly Bath, 18, passed with the six distinctions. Bath said she studied hard and her family was supportive.

"I want to study medicine next year," she said.

Advtech chief executive Alex Isaakadis said: "Our teachers have had to face major challenges to ensure that our students excel in the first outcomes based exit examination."