Praise matrics, but don’t forget those left behind


Praise matrics, but don’t forget those left behind

The story of a successful matric reminds us that we can only truly celebrate when all kids have access to basic amenities


I have covered the matric results for close to two decades and numerous stories of determination and overcoming strife have stayed with me.

But with the release of this year’s matric results, I feel a little sad as I remember a story I wrote two years ago.

I interviewed a shy matriculant who had obtained seven distinctions. He took us to his home in Umlazi. It was just one room. No bathroom. No electricity. He worked weekends to pay the rent for the small room, with his mom earning a small salary as a street sweeper...

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