With an outstanding 126 distinctions, the class of 2014 of the affiliated high school to the University of Johannesburg (UJ), UJ Metropolitan Academy (UJMA), produced a 100% pass rate for its matric results. This is the 20th year a 100% pass rate was obtained since the School’s inception 23 years ago in 1992.
94.4% of the class passed with the level required for entry to Bachelor’s degree studies, and 5.6% obtained Diploma endorsement, which means that all learners qualify to study at tertiary level.
UJ Metropolitan Academy is situated in Crosby, near Brixton in Johannesburg. The school caters for selected high school learners from disadvantaged communities who demonstrate potential for success in studies at higher education institutions.
Leading the pack is Zaheer Vawda with eight distinctions. The young man expressed jubilation about his achievement. “I feel overwhelmed. I worked hard throughout the year. I was disciplined in balancing my social activities with my studies,” he said. Vawda has big plans with high hopes that his career choice will shape his future endeavors. He will be studying Actuarial Science and hopes to continue his academic success and graduating cum laude.
Jamie Feldman another achieving learner passed her matric with six distinctions. Feldman attributes commitment for her outstanding accomplishment. “Discipline is very important. I am not a child with special talents, I am a normal child like everyone else. I did well in school because I made notes during class and studied with dedication, just like any other learner,” said Feldman who hails from Florida. In 2015, she will pursue a BA degree and hopes to further her postgraduate studies internationally.
“The success of the school can be contributed to strong and visionary leadership and committed teachers who care deeply about the academic and personal well-being of the learners,” says Prof Sarah Gravett, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University. The Faculty serves as the school’s custodian.
For more information on the UJ Metropolitan Academy, visit: www.ujma.co.za.