Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announces 2021 national matric results on Thursday evening.
She applauded the class of 2021 for working hard despite COVID-19 challenges. More than 800 000 learners wrote the matric exams last year.
20-year old Asanda Mndlalose, from Bethumoya Secondary School in Newcastle, Kwazulu Natal, is one of the matric 2021 top achievers. Mndlalose, who has been under the care of her granny after she lost her mother, recalls the tears of joy from her granny when she received to come to Gauteng as among the best achievers.
“She was very excited…she wanted to tell everyone even before coming here. She always told me she believed in me and I was so surprised because she believed in me more than I believed in myself. So I told myself that if someone believes in me then let it shine,” says Mndlalose.
Mndlalose says she’ll continue to work hard to make her grandmother proud. She intends to continue her studies in the legal field.
“I want to study law at the University of Cape Town. And I plan on becoming a Judge because I want to change the judicial system of South Africa. I feel like it’s very crocked in many ways and I believe I can do something.”
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga says 2021 was a very difficult year for learners due to COVID-19. But, the learners have over-performed.
“The 2021 matriculants are a class of their own. We need to understand and appreciate the magnitude of having a top learner in 2021. It’s a class that got the best of COVID. You couldn’t be here if you were an ordinary child. You carry the future of this country, the hopes and aspirations of this country,” says Angie Motshekga.
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