While many pupils saw South Africa’s incessant load shedding as an obstacle, 18-year-old Tebogo Mohutsioa from Madiba Comprehensive School in Krugersdorp used it for motivation and inspiration.
Tebogo bagged SA’s top matriculant in technical sciences in the class of 2022, earning him a spot in national newspaper headlines.
“I had a chance to communicate with my electrical technology teacher and he said there was a possibility to create my own power source, and that’s where the idea came from,” he revealed.
“Seeing where we came frommy classmates and I created an inverter for the whole Grade 12 of 2022, which helped us to study any time we needed without worrying about the load shedding schedule.
“The electricity and load shedding crisis in our country has inspired my choice of study because I want to bring new ideas and solutions for this crisis,” he said.
Mohutsioa also wants to go to UCT to pursue electrical and computer engineering.
On Monday 23 January 2023, Gauteng MEC Mzi Khumalo will award Mohutsioa with a full bursary at a public event to be broadcast live in the morning.
The bursary allows Mohutsioa to study at any university of his choice in South Africa with his expenses all covered.
Despite being the class most affected by twin terrors Covid and load shedding, 2022’s matric pupils have shown great tenacity to achieve a stellar set of results, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said.
The 2022 NSC overall pass rate has reached the 80.1%, compared with 76.4% in 2021 – an improvement of 3.7% from the pass rate achieved by the Class of 2021.
While the pass rate in number of the Class of 2022 is the highest in the history of the National Senior Certificate examinations, when the pass rate is expressed as a percentage, that of the Class of 2019, which attained 81.3% pass rate, stands out as the highest so far, she said.
Matric class of 2022 ‘unique’
Motshekga was speaking at a breakfast she hosted for the top achievers and their guardians in Randburg.
She described the Class of 2022 as a unique group, “unacquainted with the concept of failure and the ambassadors of public schooling”.
“The Class of 2022 did the last two and a half years of their schooling under intermittent Covid induced lockdowns, school closures and various difficulties, including curriculum trimming,” she said.
Nationwide pass statistics
The Western Cape was represented by two learners in first and third position while KwaZulu-Natal was represented by a learner in second position.
- Kelly Grace Prowse – Rustenburg Girls’ High School
- Priyasha Naidoo – Westville Girls High
- Jason Frederick De Villiers – Rondebosch Boys’ High School
KwaZulu-Natal was represented by two learners in first and second position while Limpopo took third place.
- Mthokozisi Nkomo – Impiyamandla High School
- Lifalethu Zikode – Masibumbane High School
- Moeletsi Lehumo Tladi – Segopotje Secondary School
In this subject, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Free State took first, second and third position respectively.
- Lucas Lebogang Chiloane – Hazyview Comprehensive
- Ntando Sibiya – Inanda Newtown Comprehensive School
- Thozamile Funeka – Commtech Comprehensive School
Gauteng, Free State and Mpumalanga also took first, second and third positions respectively.
- Tebogo Mcdonald Mohutsioa – Madiba Comprehensive School
- Kanetso Elliot Lekhisa – Commtech Comprehensive School
- Brotus Isaac Nkomo – DD Mabuza Comprehensive High School
The matric class of 2022 achieved a whopping 80.1% pass rate, up from 76.4% in 2021. – Citizen/ScholarlyAfrica