Six A’s for 15-year-old matriculant

A proud Mr Nxeba Kunene stands next to his 15 year old son, Sandile Kunene, who just completed Grade 12.

CONSIDERED the youngest matriculant in KwaZulu Natal, Sandile Kunene (15) shook the entire Zululand when he bagged six A’s.

This young man from Mondlo, who was a pupil at Isolomuzi Secondary, said that he attributed his amazing results to having good time management.

“It is very important for one to manage their time well and always make time for their studies. Matric is not very difficult, it just comes with a lot of work,” said the young brainiac.

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Sandile’s father, Mr Nxeba Kunene, said that his son has always shown a great love for learning and could already say a few words by nine months.

“He has always been an eager learner. I recall a stage where he used to teach himself in the goat-pen at home. He would walk in there with a piece of chalk in his hand and would write on the corrugated iron walls, reciting the information to himself as he went. We would laugh and remark on how the neighbours probably thought this child was crazy,” said Mr Kunene.

Mr Kunene said that his second-born son had made the family very proud and they hadn’t expected anything less from him, as he was very focused during his matric year.

“He showed a great understanding of his school work and often taught fellow matriculants maths after classes,” Mr Kunene went on.

Despite having finished school at such a young age, Sandile has no time to tarry and has already applied at the University of KwaZulu Natal where he will be studying medicine.

The principal of Isolomuzi Secondary, Mr ET Thabede, said that the school was extremely proud of Sandile as he has put their school on the map.

“Sandile has always been a good, respectful and hard-working pupil who attended well at school. We are proud of his achievements and hope that this will encourage other learners,” said Mr Thabede.

Sandile got 6 A’s out of a total of seven subjects (Physical Science, Life Science, Maths, Life Orientation, IsiZulu and English) and is hoping to do even better in university.

  AUTHOR
Sine Thwala

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