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Monday, 04 November 2019

On Saturday, 19 October 2019, Dr Nombeko Patience Mbava, a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Management Studies, was a keynote speaker at the Grade 12 Valedictory at Isilimela Comprehensive High School in Langa, Cape Town.

Top achievers, dressed in academic robes, were awarded certificates in recognition of their academic achievements and achievements during their final year.

Many of the learners distinguished themselves in various subjects including excellence in mathematics, life sciences, physical science, English language, isiXhosa and others. Their achievements made both the school governing body, teachers and parents exceptionally proud as it is evident the future of the country is in good hands

Flanked by the high achievers is Dr Nombeko Mbava with (left) Deputy Principal Mrs Thobeka Dlali and (right) school governing body chairperson Mr Mfusi Zonke.  Photo: Siyabonga Kalipa

Dr Mbava, a former top learner at the school, delivered the keynote address to learners in which she motivated learners in their final matric exam preparation. She shared some success stories during her time as a learner at the school.

Dr Mbava told students that, unlike in her era, today’s learners have unprecedented opportunities to excel in their exams. We now live in the digital age, and the internet is a rich source of information. If a learner struggles to grasp any concept, they can easily use Google to find additional information or use YouTube to watch a demonstration.

She congratulated learners for getting thus far, reminding them that they are already winners. They stayed in school despite the challenges they faced along the way. Most importantly, they did not drop out. Due to life circumstances and various difficulties, others have not been as lucky.

Now learners must navigate the last hurdle and aim to achieve their National Senior Certificate with excellence. This is crucial in enabling them to fulfil their life goals and ambitions.

Many learners have ambitions of gaining admission to the country’s universities, including the University of Cape Town. It is essential for academics to contribute where they can in strengthening the matric pass rate, and the quality of the pool of learners aiming for university study. These efforts will bear fruit when first-year students adapt and adjust relatively well in higher education.

Associate Professor Suki Goodman, Head of the School of Management Studies, commented, “Dr Mbava’s successes are an inspiration for top achievers and all school leavers. Her ongoing engagement with her alma mater demonstrates her genuine commitment to paying it forward.”

At Isilimela Comprehensive High School it was evident that the teachers, school principal, parents and the school governing body are actively involved and committed to ensuring that every learner receives the best possible opportunity to achieve their National Senior Certificate.

Through such commitment and preparation, South Africa’s education system is on the right path to ensure a pipeline of talented matriculants. As Nelson Mandela once said “Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in future as future leaders.

Delighted teachers from left Ms Caga, School Principal Mr Sijula, Deputy Principal Mrs Dlali, Mrs Qonongo and Mr Qonongo. Photo: Thobeka Dlali


Story By : Dr Nombeko Mbava