Matric results: Tears of joy for proud granny

Monday, January 6, 2014

Johannesburg – Rita Ngiba from KwaZulu-Natal took off her reading glasses, put her hands on her head and shed a few tears when Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga paid a heartfelt tribute to her on live television for the role she played in the success of her grandson matric.

Ngiba, who was seated on the front row when Motshekga announced the 78.2% matric pass rate to the nation on Tuesday night – the highest average in the past 19 years of democracy.

Ngiba had raised her grandson, Qhiniso, ever since he was six years old.

“We would like to pay special tribute to a person who has lived the words of Tata Madiba – she has taken care of one of our top learners tonight, since he turned six years old. Her dedication and support of this fine young man has enabled him to compete with all other young South African learners to emerge as one of our top students,” Motshekga said.

Motshekga also said Ngiba had been crying ever since a call was put to her about her grandson being nominated as one of the top achievers.

Qhiniso achieved a Bachelor’s pass, and his symbols included a 90% in Zulu, 92% in English first Language, 92% in Mathematics, 95% in Life Orientation, 96% in Physical Science, 97% in Life Sciences and 100% in Accounting.

As Motshekga read out his results, Qhiniso’s grandmother battled to contained her tears of joy as he was showered with more compliments.

“South Africans – please show your appreciation of the following outstanding results of young Qhiniso Ngiba, made possible by the sacrifices and strength of his granny,” said Motshekga. –

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