Saturday, December 29, 2001

2 Umtata matriculants get top marks

By Mayibongwe Maqhina

UMTATA -- Two Umtata High School pupils are among the province's top achievers after each obtaining five As and one B in this year's matriculation results.

The classmates obtained As for Afrikaans, mathematics, physical science, biology and accounting and Bs for English.

Speaking to the Daily Dispatch yesterday the pupils Ajith Sebastian, 18, and Vijay George Mammen, 17, could not contain their excitement.

"I am really happy especially about my favourite subject, mathematics, although I could have done much better in English," said an excited Sebastian said.

Mammen said: "I am proud of myself and I feel I have worked very hard to get what I have aimed for."

Both pupils said some of the papers were extremely difficult while others were "okay", adding that during the exam preparations they ensured that they learnt with understanding, and the June and trial exams had prepared them adequately for their finals.

Principal Jenni Miller said she was happy with the performance of the pupils who had done extremely well at the school.

The pupils' parents were also overjoyed witht their children's achievements.

Ajith's father, Paikayilkavunkal Sebastian, said he was excited with his son's achievement. "It's God's grace that he obtained these symbols following in his elder brother's footsteps who attained the same results in 1999," Sebastian said.

Vijay's father John, a lecturer at the University of Transkei, said his hard working son has brought honour to his family after studying under difficult conditions.

Ajith plans pursuing aeronautical engineering at either the University of Cape Town or the University of the Witwatersrand while Vijay plans doing medicine at either Stellenbosch University or UCT.

Education Department spokesperson Phaphama Mfenyana confirmed that the two pupils had done very well in the exams and were among the top achievers in the province, although they were not featured among the the historically disadvantaged schools.

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