Mutshidzi Ganyane from Ramaano Secondary School in Nzhelele, Venda, is recognised nationally as a top learner in quintile 2. She is also the top learner in Limpopo province with 7 distinctions and was awarded trophies for highest marks in Geography and Physical Science. Mutshidzi talks to us about her success and future prospects.
Who is Mutshidzi Alucia Ganyane?
I am a 17 year old girl from Nzhelele, Venda in Limpopo. I matriculated at Ramaano Secondary School. My achievements are a results of many hours of studying and focus on my school work. I had to prioritise my school work more than spending time with friends and playing. My parents and family have been my greatest support throughout.
You are the top leaner with 7 distinctions and 3 trophies, how did you do it?
I was recognised as top learner in Limpopo after being crowned the top achiever in quintile 2 nationally with 7 distinctions. I was awarded 3 trophies in the province for the top learner and for obtaining the highest marks in Geography and Physical Science with other learners.
I studied most of the times when I got back home from school and I would sleep for couple hours and wake up to study again. I had lots of sleepless nights. I made sure I attended all my study lessons and never hesitated to ask my teachers questions where I did not understand. My focus was on my school work.
How does it feel to be a Top Learner?
I felt overwhelmed because my hard work finally paid off at the end. I studied hard and I was somehow expecting more than what I achieved. It was exciting to meet the Minister of Basic Education and to be recognized nationally.
What are your career goals?
My interest is in information technology and I am going to study Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria.
Why Computer Engineering?
Technology is an integral part of economy, life and a means to connect the globe. Many essential tasks are accomplished electronically with the use of computers. I want to develop projects that will be useful to the people and to be amongst young pioneers of technology in the future.
What is your advice to matriculants?
I urge them to focus 100 % on their studies and spend as much time on their school work as possible. They should have a study method that works best for them. Anything is possible as long as they work hard and understand every content they are taught at school.