Aiming for greater heights

The best student in Afrikaans Second Language ordinary level hails from De Duine Secondary School.

11 March 2019 | Education

Courtney Marais

De Duine Secondary School proudly boasts with the second best student in the region, as well as the best student in the country for Afrikaans Second Language.

Keikantsemang Mokaleng was the second best student in the region in the Namibia Senior Secondary School Certificate (NSSCO) examinations.

She has aspirations to study medicine and is working hard towards her goal.

“My plan for this year is to enroll at Namcol and write Biology and Physical science on higher level, since I want to become a cardiac surgeon. When I’m done with Namcol, I will apply at the School of Medicine and do my first year in Namibia and then move on to South Africa and complete my studies there . Only the best of the best get accepted into medical school and if I’m not accepted I will first do a Bachelor's degree in Science, Applied Biochemistry or Medicinal Chemistry, and then try med school again.”

She advises learners to not give up on their dreams.

“If you really want to achieve your goals, you should always keep on pushing and find different alternatives to achieve them, because the road to success is never easy nor is it straight. It’s full of challenges and you might fall, a couple of times, but that shouldn’t deter you. Be optimistic and it will all be worth it when you reach your goals.”

Luchandra Strauss from De Duine Secondary School was ranked first in Afrikaans Second Language.

“My future aspirations is to become an accountant and successful entrepreneur eventually. My recipe for success is hard work, a lot of determination and integrity. Your heart needs to be in the right place and you need a clock to manage your time.”

Her advice to learners is to grab every opportunity with both hands.

“What you sow, you will reap, so focus on your matric now. Friends and parties will always be there, but not your matric.”

Luchandra is currently studying towards her Bachelor’s in accounting.

According to Alrich Links, the language teacher at De Duine, more learners qualified for admission to tertiary education compared to previous years.

“There was a significant improvement in the quality symbols (A, B, C and D). About 45% of the students are enrolled at institutions of higher learning. The ordinary level results, especially the languages, boasted with more than 80% quality symbols.”

De Duine Secondary School principal Anton Van Wyk added that there are numerous plans in the pipeline to ensure better results are delivered in 2019 and 2020.

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