Bizimali school beats the matric odds

BIZIMALI Secondary School in deep rural Nkandla tells a matric results story that is almost unbelievable.

Three learners – Sphile Ntuli, Sne Sikhakhane and Simphiwe Ntombela – each scored eight distinctions, while seven of their fellow learners each aced seven distinctions.

All this in a school environment that does not have basic amenities such as clean running water, electricity and toilets.

Rising above these major challenges, Sphile was announced as province’s top achiever in physical science as he scored 100 percent, and he was also named among the province’s top ten overall.

Another of Bizimali’s brilliant pupils, Mcedisi Biyela, obtained 100 percent in civil technology and was the top provincial achiever in this subject.

The school obtained an 89 percent overall pass rate with 278 pupils achieving Bachelor degree passes and acquiring a collective 275 distinctions.

Proud Principal Ntandoyakhe Ntuli said at the school they worked seven days a week to attain their amazing goals.

‘I also go to class to teach. I work after hours, Saturdays and Sundays, leading by example to ensure other teachers follow.

‘We motivate our learners to excel and do better. We encourage them to work hard to obtain A symbols in all subjects.

‘Bizimali is number four on the list of the top performing schools in the province.

‘The co-operation between me and my teaching staff is overwhelming,’ he said.

Ntuli also said as a school they also ensure that all their learners are kept busy, to prevent them from diverting their minds to other things.

KZN top ten achiever Ntuli (17) said his secret was staying focused and listening carefully to his teachers.

‘Hard work and helping other learners were part of the tools that helped me achieve my goal.

‘My advice to those who failed is that if their dream is still alive, everything is possible.’

Sphile will be heading off to Wits University to study towards an actuarial science degree.

His methods were echoed by Ntombela (20), who agreed that hard work and focus were the keys to their success.

‘The challenge that we went through last year was that we did not have electricity at school, so in many cases we were using candles, and it was hard for us to access the internet,’ said Ntombela.

He repeated his matric. After realising that he did not do well in 2015, he opted to start afresh.

‘I went back to schools in 2016 to do Grade 11 and last year I was doing my matric for the second time – and I made it,’ he said proudly.


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Muzi Zincume

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