LISTEN: Twin power! 24 distinctions for siblings from Helpmekaar Kollege

LISTEN: Twin power! 24 distinctions for siblings from Helpmekaar Kollege

The Botes twins from Helpmerkaar Kollege in Johannesburg are celebrating no less than 24 distinctions in the Independent Examination Board matric exams.

Botes twins
Helpmekaar Kollege

The IEB released its exam results on Tuesday.

Pupils who wrote the IEB exams achieved an overall pass rate of 98.39%.

Christiaan obtained 14 distinctions including in Accounting, Economics, English and Business Studies, while Carla obtained 10 distinctions including in IT, Account Information and English.

Christiaan says he is incredibly happy with the results.

“It feels amazing, I was incredibly happy when I got the results this morning, I got 14 distinctions.”

He says studying alone became a fact of life during the last two years at school.

“I got used to studying on my own in grade 11 because I took 13 subjects then. So through all of the Covid-19 time the emphasis was on getting good on being able to study on your own, which I already managed at the start of grade 11. So to me it was not that difference under the online learning situation," says Christiaan.

His advice to the new matric group of 2022 is to understand the system.

“I’ll definitely say try to understand the academic system of the school you are in. It is very useful to understand the system to be able to use it to its best and use your time well. Plan, don’t waste a second, just try to be as proactive as possible and get to all of your work," he says.

He is going to study Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University.

Carla says she is equally excited with her results.

“It was a lot of hard work. It didn’t come naturally but through a lot of hard work, a lot of time and effort I was able to pull it off. I was hoping for it but I didn’t expect it.”

Carla advice to the new grade 12s is to work hard.

“The most important thing is to continue working hard, believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who will support and motivate you.”

Listen to Christiaan and Carla below:


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