Angie Motshekga highlights pupil challenges at #Matric2018 breakfast

Top achievers from SA government schools attend a breakfast function on January 3 2019 with the basic education department top brass as they await their final exam marks for matric 2018.
Top achievers from SA government schools attend a breakfast function on January 3 2019 with the basic education department top brass as they await their final exam marks for matric 2018.
Image: Department of Basic Education

With excitement bubbling ahead of the official announcement of their final-year exam results, basic education minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday highlighted the challenges that some matriculants at government schools have to overcome.

Hosting a breakfast in Midrand to honour state schools' top performers ahead of the release of overall exam results later today, she said the learners who had performed well did so because of their dedication, hard work and commitment to studying.

"No one said, 'I prayed, I fasted or went to see a seer'. They were all focused and worked hard," said the minister.

The pupils who attended the breakfast with their parents only knew they were there because they had passed matric with flying colours, but were unsure in which subjects they had excelled. The learners will officially know their individual results on Friday when the provincial results are released.

Motshekga said an orphan who performed well in 2017 had spoken of how people in his community never saw him on the streets as he was always studying.

She said another top-performing learner did not have electricity at his home.

"They used to go to a police station to study under the mast light," she said.

Rohan Crafford from Prinshof Skool in Pretoria said being called on Wednesday to attend the breakfast came as a surprise as his day started with gardening in the morning. "It is a great honour to be here," Crafford said.

One of the top-performing learners, Avukile Nkayi, from Nyanga High School in Engcobo in the Eastern Cape, expressed joy at being in Johannesburg, despite not knowing which subjects he had excelled in.

Nkayi said he had applied at the University of Cape Town to study medicine.

On social media, parents and proud pupils countrywide were celebrating the end of their school careers. The results from private schools have been announced overnight.

Here is a selection:

X