ARTHUR Blaxall School, a special needs school located in Mountain Rise, recently held an awards ceremony for its 2013 matric class.
The school has three pupils who are among high achievers nationwide.
KZN Department of education’s Dr Sibusiso Radebe, thanked the teachers and support staff for being committed to the pupils.
“Thank you Grade 12 for making us proud. In 2014 you have no excuse not to get a 100% matric pass. If the school gets 100%, we will know that the department and teachers have worked hard,” said Radebe.
Retired constitutional court judge, and former Arthur Blaxall School pupil, Zak Yacoob said that his achievements in life should be testimony that other pupils in special needs schools can achieve bigger things in life. Yacoob has been a lawyer for 25 years and a judge for 15 years.
“It’s wonderful to see that some of these children are going to university. At the end of the year, the current matrics need to do better. My wish is for the school to get more matrics passing so that these pupils can go to university, get jobs and help society. If I could do it, others can do it too,” said Yacoob.
Acting school principal Jay Maharaj said that this year, the school is aiming to increase the percentage of bachelor’s passes.
The top matric pupils from the school are Sinenhlanhla Mbonambi, Ziphindile Nguse and Welcome Mkhize.
Mbonambi said that she knew that she would pass but she was concerned about whether or not she met the requirements for studying at the University of KwaZuluNatal (UKZN).
“I will be doing a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies at UKZN. This year I will also be auditioning for the SA Idols in Durban to represent myself and the school,” said Mbonambi.
Nguse said that she did not expect to get two distinctions. “I am so proud of myself. This year I will be doing a Bachelor of Social Science Psychology degree at Howard College, UKZN. My goal is to study, find a job and then provide for my family. I passed not because I am smart, but because I am a hard worker,” said Nguse.