Groutville teen bags 7 distinctions by studying 7 days a week all year

Emmanual Mwandla passed his matric with seven distinctions.

His dream of becoming a chemical engineer and building a house for his unemployed mother inspired Emmanual Mwandla to pass his Matric with flying colours.

The 17-year-old boy from Thembeni passed with seven distinctions at Groutville Secondary School. He got 90% in Mathematics, 95% in Life Science, 93% in Physics, 88% in Geography, 99% in Life Orientation, 84% in English and 85% in Isizulu.

He was one of the best performing pupils in the province, and his school also improved from a pass rate of 70.52% to 91.8%.

“I think abstaining from social media and sacrificing play time is what helped me to do well. I am prepared to keep on doing well in tertiary so that one day I will be able to uplift the living standard of my family.”

Mwandla stays with his mother, Nonhlanhla, and his mentally disturbed brother in a two-room house.

His mother was involved in a car accident in 2012 and doctors told her that she could not work again. Desperation forced her to take piece jobs as a domestic worker in Ballito.

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“We survived on a social grant and it was difficult. However, my mother has been my pillar of strength. She would always encourage me to work hard in school, saying that my key to a better life would be determined by my school results.”

Mwandla was at school seven days a week, studying from 7 am to 5 pm on weekdays and from 8 am to 5.30pm on weekends.

“I would go to bed at midnight and wake up early to be at school on time. But I am glad that all the hard work has paid off.

Mwandla will be doing his dream course at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape, thanks to a bursary from Sasol.

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