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Matriculates excel despite their disadvantaged background.

posted 20 Jan 2014, 00:14 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 9 Feb 2014, 08:27 ]
Despite the outcry over the lack of access to basic learning and teaching resources in South Africa, thousands of Matric learners sit down to write their exams every year.  Two schools from uMkhanyakude District, both of which are partners of Star For Life have proved that hard work and dedication always pays off. Cwakeme and Siphosabadletshe High School both from Hluhluwe have managed to obtain 100 per cent pass rate in 2013 matric results.

From left; SFL Chairman of the board Mr Anders Lindblad, Philile Zwane who obtained 6 distinctions and Mrs Shandu the Principal of Mthwazi High School. 


The school principal of Siphosabadletshe High School, Mrs Mkhwanazi said success can be attributed to learners’ working together with teachers.

“We’re very pleased with the results of our shining stars, both learners and teachers have worked tirelessly. I would also like to thank organisations such as Star For Life for their continuing support, encouraging and motivating learners to do their best,” said Mrs Mkhwanazi.


Siphosabadletshe learners who are the beneficiaries of Lindhal University scholarships.

Nsindiso and Nokwanda are examples of exceptional learners from the SFL supported schools, both of these learners have been accepted into the University of KwaZulu Natal, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine; Nsindiso Mkhize, 18 matriculated with 4 distinctions in Physical science, Life sciences, IsiZulu and English. Nsindiso said he was very pleased with himself and his class mates.  “We have done very well, I have always been interested in health sciences and medicine and I am so happy to say that I have been accepted at University of KwaZulu Natal, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine.”


Nokwanda Ngubane 18, from the same school lives in KwaNompondo Area in Hluhluwe with his mother, three siblings and cousins. Her father who lives in Durban is the sole provider of the family. Nokwanda excelled in Mathematics, Life Orientation, English and isiZulu. “I love working with people and serving my community. Medicine has always been my passion”, said Nokwanda. Both Nokwanda and Nsindiso are part of the 12 learners who were awarded registration fee bursaries by the Swedish Law Firm, Lindahl Company through Star For Life.


Mr Lubanyana the principal of Cwakeme High School said as teachers they have the responsibility to nurture learners despite the circumstances they are faced with. Last year the school excelled as they increased their matric results from 28 per cent in 2011 to 96 per cent in 2012 to 100 per cent in 2013.


“In our country we have a serious shortage of qualified Internal Auditors and Accountants, I want to be an inspiration to all girls in my community who wants to pursue a career in this field”, said Senamile Masondo from Cwakeme who has obtained 4 distinctions in IsiZulu, Business studies, Economics and Mathematical literacy. Senamile has applied for a National Diploma in Internal Auditing at Durban University of Technology. She also thanked Star For Life for providing their school with Life Coach and food when they had extra hour lessons. Måns Zelmerlöw, the Swedish pop singer is sponsoring the school through Star For Life, and he sponsored the learners with food to eat at school.


Another shining star who’ll be studying medicine is from Mthwazi High School, in Mkhuze. Philile Zwane 15 is also part of the top 10 selected candidates in the District; she excelled with 6 distinctions in Mathematics, Geography, IsiZulu, English, Life sciences and Life Orientation.  Philile has also applied to study Medicine at the University of KwaZulu Natal. “We are in desperate need for Doctors in our country; growing up in such a deep rural area has always been my inspiration.  I have been accepted at the Medical School, at the University of KwaZulu Natal”, said Zwane.


The principal of Mthwazi High School, Mrs Shandu praised the hard work of learners together with teachers and parents. She also thanked Star For Life and Benders Family the sponsor of the school for providing the school with the Life Skills Coach.