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Stars share words of wisdom for matrics – ‘It isn’t failure, it’s an opportunity’

23 Feb 2021 LIFESTYLE

By Tamlyn Canham

Boity and Ayanda Thabethe have joined several local stars in encouraging grade 12 pupils who did not do well in their 2020 National Senior Certificate examinations.

Boity told them to dust themselves off and try again.

“It isn’t failure, it’s an opportunity to try again,” she tweeted.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga released the exam results on Monday afternoon. The class of 2020 achieved a 76.2% pass rate.

Gauteng matrics achieved an 83.8% pass rate. The top five performing school districts are all in Gauteng.

Despite the many success stories, the overall matric pass rate dropped by 5.1%.

One Twitter user told Boity that he couldn’t bare the thought of repeating his matric.

But the 30-year-old told him to look at it as a chance to do even better.

“I hear you. But as long you know that there is nothing wrong in trying Matric again. It’s an opportunity to do better than last time. And that’s always a good thing.”

Boity added in a separate post: “Please remember that moving towards your destiny is not a competition nor does it have an age limit. Don’t allow society to pressure you into believing that your age is directly linked to reaching your goals.”

Unathi reveals she failed twice

Boity’s comments come one day after Unathi shared her own message to matrics about overcoming failure.

The Kaya FM presenter admitted in an inspiring Instagram post that she failed twice in her life – grade 8 and her first year of university.

“It was devastating, so I know how you feel and I know how heartbroken you must be. I also understand the possible things that you are thinking of and possibly thinking of doing to yourself and I want to ask you, as your big sis, don’t give up on yourself. It’s okay, it really is. I had to learn that I’m just slower when it comes to academics and I needed more time,” she said.

Ayanda Thabethe congratulates the class of 2020

Ayanda Thabethe applauded matrics for overcoming a difficult year.

“God bless all the matriculants. A hard year to be a student – may your results reflect your efforts,” she wrote on Twitter.

She also celebrated her sister and nephew’s success in the exams.

“A huge congratulations to my baby sister, Bule and nephew, Ndalo for passing matric! The family is so relieved and happy! Congratulations also to everyone that passed!” she tweeted.

Main image credit: Instagram/@ayandathabethe_