Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) pupil Rachael Job said her parents had instilled a love for learning in her from a young age, so it was no surprise when she achieved eight distinctions. The eldest of three girls, she laughed at the thought that she had set the bar high for her sisters. She will be studying actuarial science at Stellenbosch University this year.
Another GHS pupil who achieved seven distinctions is Jessica Palmer, who is currently representing KwaZulu-Natal in a Lions Youth Exchange programme in The Netherlands, Belgium and Finland.
“I am really grateful for having such amazing teachers. They were so supportive and really helped me achieve my goals and reach my potential,” she said.
Fellow GHS pupil Tameka Govender described her seven distinctions as “an unreal feeling”. Although the year was challenging, she said it had moved quickly. She will be attending the University of Pretoria to study civil engineering.