College of Law and Management Studies Top Choice for High Flying Matric Students
KwaZulu-Natal’s top achievers in the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric exams Ms Jetaria Moodley, Ms Zen Olivier, Mr Kiash Baldeo, Mr Keshav Govender, Mr Kganya Molefe and Mr Akhil Harrydhasret have joined UKZN’s College of Law and Management Studies.
Despite the challenges of studying during the COVID-19 pandemic, the top achievers who each achieved between six and eight distinctions, say that deciding on UKZN as their institution of choice was a no brainer.
Pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting, Moodley (six distinctions), Harrydhasret (seven) and Molefe (seven) said their choice was inspired by the University’s high rankings and reputation, and the fact that its Accounting programmes are accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
‘My choice to study for a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting at UKZN was strongly driven by my keen interest in the world of business and finance and my love for working with numbers,’ said Moodley.
She added: ‘UKZN was my first and only choice due to its high rankings and reputation in breeding some of the best chartered accountants in the country.’
Molefe said that after dropping out of school in 2017 due to family related problems, when he returned in 2019, he was determined to work hard and pass well.
‘I was not the sharpest tool in the box or the smartest kid growing up but I didn't let that deter me because I’m a firm believer that hard work always pays off. Hence, I managed to pass with seven distinctions during a pandemic,’ he said.
‘I plan to soak up as much information as I possibly can from my lecturers and believe UKZN can take me one step closer towards achieving my goal of becoming a chartered accountant,’ added Molefe.
Harrydhasret was inspired by the University’s history and credibility and the fact that it has produced many successful people.
‘I plan to work my hardest in my first year, pass well and move into my second year with a bursary as it will help my parents in these trying times of COVID-19.
‘I hope to become a successful chartered accountant and eventually be a director of my own accounting firm. I also want to give back to my community to ensure that disadvantaged children in my area have better opportunities than I had,’ said Harrydhasret.
Olivier (seven distinctions), who has been accepted to study for a Bachelor of Laws degree, said she chose to study at UKZN because the Institution is well-respected and is close to home.
‘During this journey, I hope to expand my world view and meet new people from different backgrounds and life experiences. I plan to continue studying and eventually earn my doctorate in Law,’ she said.
Baldeo (eight distinctions) and Govender (seven) who are both pursuing a Bachelor of Business Science, attributed their choice to their interest in business and finance and the hope of being able to contribute to the growth of South Africa’s economy.
‘The degree encompasses many subjects that I enjoyed at school such as Mathematics, Financial Mathematics and Statistics. I also believe that a comprehensive understanding of the economy and finance is critical to achieve success in one’s future,’ said Baldeo.
‘I am hoping to learn more about the financial world as well as improve my knowledge of business and entrepreneurship,’ said Govender.
All the students attributed their success to their parents, relatives, teachers and mentors who played an integral and supporting role, especially during a pandemic when they had to adapt to the new norm of online learning.
Words: Lungile Ngubelanga