Poor backrounds no hindrance to success

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mercy Ntuli might come from humble beginnings but that will not stop her from soaring into the sky.

Ntuli, 16, of Clayville in Midrand, scored distinctions in maths and IsiZulu.

"I am happy. I worked hard but I did not expect two distinctions, especially in maths."

She said she came to school at 6am and left late in the afternoon to prepare for exams.

"My hard work paid off," she said.

Ntuli said her next challenge would be getting an ID before the universities opened next year.

Ntuli was among the first group of matriculants produced by Tsosoloso Ya Africa Secondary School, and the only pupil to get distinctions.

She aspires to become an electrical engineer.

At nearby Ivory Park Secondary School in Tembisa, Tokologo Makofane topped her school with one distinction and five Bs.

"I want to be a chartered accountant," she said.

Acting principal Kodisamu Maduma said he was excited with the 92 percent pass rate. "Most of our pupils are from poor backgrounds," he said.

At Midrand High, Ndamulelo Lid-zhade and Dumisani Siwele could not contain their joy after they attained four and five distinctions, respectively.